A full bookshelf not only provides a conversation piece for guests, it also lessens the odds they'll pull out the tome that triggers the trapdoor to your shrine to Don Knotts. Build up book collections and safeguard secrets with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of books and accessories at Sage Books in St. Charles.
Independently owned Sage Books promotes page flipping by curating a collection of new and used books while also peddling fair-trade jewelry, incenses, and accessories. Customers can unravel best-selling titles such as Kathryn Stockett's The Help ($16) or Jennifer Eagan's A Visit from the Goon Squad ($14.95) to break free from the literary predictability of cereal boxes. Jodi Picoult's Sing You Home ($16) chronicles a character's path down a career as a musical therapist, and Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone ($15.95) whisks readers from Addis Ababa to New York on an adventure rife with medical anecdotes and romanticism. Rifle through the selection of used books ($1–$15), and stash keepers in a fair-trade tote bag ($24). Or kindle a pack of incense ($2) to mask the scent of burning pages caused by reading at a friction-generating speed. Patrons can also feel free to pull up a chair and make use of the shop's free WiFi.