Without books, novelists would lose their avenue for creative release and begin channeling their passion into heart-wrenching tweets and critically acclaimed cocktail napkins. Preserve literary tradition with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of used books at Mr. Mike's Used Books. Today’s deal is good at Mr. Mike’s two locations in Raleigh and Cary.
The bibliophiles at Mr. Mike's Used Books sort and shelve hundreds of inexpensive reads each day, creating a literary feast of fiction, nonfiction, and reference texts of every stripe. Nearly every paperback in the store retails for half the original publisher's price or less, causing angry literary agents everywhere to storm out of their offices and move into new ones without Olympic–size swimming pools. The staff at Mr. Mike's hunts down and displays all manner of children's books ($0.99+), ranging from colorful, toddler-proof board books to appropriately mature teen fiction. Half-priced audio books allow listeners to interrupt obnoxiously rambling internal monologues or combine two audio books simultaneously to create hip-hop style Dickens mash-ups. One-of-a-kind texts make a thoughtful gift for a hard-core bookie, and heavy hardcover books and large paperbacks ($3–$5) bolster anemic bookshelves and clothe naked coffee tables in alluring cover art.
Mr. Mike's helpful book-herders alphabetize the fiction sections on the shop's custom oak bookshelves by author and organize them by genre (general fiction, mystery, romance, and science fiction make up the four main categories). Novels by African-American authors can be found filling a portion of the shelves, flanked by special areas dedicated to horror novels, westerns, and the collective bedtime stories of Winston Churchill.