Trip to River Market Books in Little Rock

I love indie bookstores. Love them. So it still surprises me that I haven’t yet been on the hunt for some good ones here in Little Rock. I think I love used books the most. They have been passed from hand to hand and loved well. The edges of the pages are browning with the oil from fingertips (and maybe spit) and every magical once-in-awhile there is a little notation scribbled on a page from someone who thought long and hard about what the author had to say. So since I’ve had a bit of a slow week, I decided to head downtown and visit River Market Books in downtown Little Rock.

But let me say first… I picked a bad day to go downtown because I discovered, once I landed upon Rivermarket Drive, that tomorrow would be the beginning of River Fest. The roads were crammed with cars and traffic was miserable. It was also a ponytail day. I wasn’t expecting that heat. Stupid weather app.


I drove through several free public parking lots, not able to find a single place to park my car and finally found a parking meter spot a few blocks away from the River.

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It was relatively calm where I parked. Most of the riffraff was concentrated closer to the River Market. So I enjoyed the beautiful walk and discovered some cute places on the way that I didn’t know existed, like Strattor’s Market.

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This quaint little place has some fun European delicacies, cheeses, and pastries as well as a small selection of local produce and a huge collection of fine wines. Unfortunately, they were re-doing something in the deli so the meal and coffee portion of the store was temporarily closed.

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Strattor’s Market in Little Rock houses European foods, local produce and a great collection of wines and cheese.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the Rivermarket District if there wasn’t a cute yellow trolley to greet you as you patiently wait for it to turn so you could cross the street.

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But let’s talk books now. Afterall, this is a Lifestyle and Literature blog. River Market Books ,which is a part of the Central Arkansas Library System , smells like all used bookstores should. Like ancient paper, dust, and the roaming eyes of a thousand men and women. Or something like that. It just smells old but not in a bad way. And that is totally what you should expect from a used bookstore.

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Charming, isn’t it? So charming!! It seems like every bookstore I enter has a shelf with employee book suggestions and cleverly handwritten cards in front of each one. At River Market Books, however, the “staff picks” shelf had a more rustic appeal. This little cart graced the front entrance and added to the ambiance of the place.

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I have to say, though, as cute as this place was, I didn’t find much of a selection there, though I did almost swipe Annie Dillard’s For the Time BeingI read one of Dillard’s essays last semester. That woman sure can write a beautiful sentence. I could learn something from her. And oh yeah, I did. Annie won the Pulitzer Prize for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and her book, The Writing Life  is a must-have for any fiction or non-fiction writers. Oh. And there were comic books. One of them was titled Lois Lane. If I were ever going to read a comic book, which I never have, it would be that one.

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On the second floor was a meeting room for book clubs and knitting clubs and whatever else might go on in a bookstore owned by a library.

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I think it’s places like this that remind me that bookstores are still important. Yes, we’re going to still buy online. Small businesses are also found online. That is how people are making a living, now. But independent bookstores still serve a purpose. They are a place for community, a place to learn something new, a place to find pathways to escape and adventure. Find your nearest used bookstore and go support them, as well.

Wild in the City

One of my favorite places to go for a run is less than a mile from my home in West Little Rock. You would think I have been transported out of the metropolis that is Little Rock into some kind of wilderness but no, parks like these are plentiful in my city. Arkansas is a beautiful place. They don’t call it “The Natural State” because of unshaven armpits.

This specific park is called Two Rivers. There are three fantastic pedestrian bridges that cross the Arkansas River in Little Rock, and this happens to be prettiest one with some of the most lush, resplendent trails. I mean just check out those trees. IMG_1836

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Someone please remind me that I should probably use the restroom before I take my daily jog. I’m not sure if I ran down the trail or… danced. It was painful.

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Despite my pain-induced choreography I managed to complete a slow jog. I’m not a fast person. I have tiny legs and sort of resemble an albino pygmy but I’ve been using a great app called Couch 2 5K that has been given me a pretty good workout. The app paces you so that you aren’t completely and suddenly overwhelmed with an intimidating workout that you couldn’t possibly finish. What did I do today? Well let’s check my Fitbit Versa.

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Awwwww yeah.

But now comes the other (usually) painful part of my day: the aftermath. I’m in my thirties and am already suffering from joint pain so I’ve been taking this little product for the last couple of months. I cannot begin to tell you how much it has reduced my joint pain. It’s also fantastic for muscles, skin, hair, and most importantly our brain.

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This is a totally grass fed, pasture raised product and is COMPLETELY tasteless. That means you can put it in your coffee or tea without tasting anything. It’s been a great addition to my bullet-proof coffee every morning.

Bullet Proof Coffee Recipe:

  • 8 oz of coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of grassfed butter
  • 1 dash of cinnamon
  • 1 Scoop of Biooptimal Collagen Powder

Put it in the blender for a few seconds and it comes out like a lovely whipped latte. Great way to start your day!

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