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Welcome to Beach Walk Book Talks

Is there anything better than a walk on the beach  and a talk about books?  I don't think so. If you love the beach and books this is the place for you.  Here we will talk about my favorite beach, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and share books as we enjoy all the ocean has to show us.

About The Blog

The Story

My name is Vicki Baty.  I live and work in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina which has, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast.  I walk the beach almost daily and am always awed by the beauty of the ocean, the freshness of the air, and the amazing sea creatures I see.  Not a day on the beach goes by without of few lines of John Masefield's poem Sea Fever echoing in my head...

"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by..."


As I co-own a used and new book store, Bookends (  in North Myrtle Beach, usually on these walks my husband, Dave, and I talk about the books I am reading.

You'll note that all my blog postings are the titles of books, but don't be fooled, the blog is not necessarily about that book, just a themed title!

So please, walk with me, talk with me as we enjoy this journey.


April 6, 2020

Most of us are if not self-isolating, spending more time at home and less time in stores or among crowds.  While that leaves us more time for reading, it can be a stressful time regardless.  So I took a Facebook poll of our friends and asked what books they were readin...

March 30, 2020

The other day a friend asked how my daily reading of the Harvard Classics is going so I will be brutally honest here - some good, some bad.

When I started this challenge I expected to be elucidated in classics, many of which I had never read before.  I prepared for time...

March 23, 2020

So one of my work colleagues, Stacy, and I were talking the other day.  We were brainstorming some new and fun activities for the store and while doing so, she reminded me of our value-add to customers.  It's not like I forgot it, but rather it comes so naturally to al...

March 16, 2020

This post is about Donna Everhart, a wonderful Southern author whom we had the pleasure of meeting on February 24th for our February Meet and Greet.

While Donna's professional author picture makes her look like a demure Southern lady, she is in fact a firecracker!  In p...

March 9, 2020

So to say I went to the Savannah Book Festival just to get my book geek on would, of course, be a total lie.  I love Savannah as there is so much to see and do there.  The historic section is incredibly beautiful and, as I stated last week, compulsively walkable.


March 2, 2020

Last week I told you about the books I read in preparation for the Savannah Book Festival.  Usually by December of the previous year the good people at SBF have started to announce the slate of authors.  They do this every Tuesday through December and the beginning of...

February 24, 2020

This year my husband, David, is overseas working so I wanted to have another person go with me to the SBF.  My youngest daughter, Claire, made herself available on Saturday and so we went.  

If you've never been to the festival it is a three day palooza o...

February 17, 2020

It occurred to me recently (as I was listening to Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties) that I have read a lot of books about the sixties recently.  I don't know if that is a nod to nostalgia or maybe just trying to make sense of a time...

February 10, 2020

I am not a pro at defining, explaining, or analyzing literature.  Generally I just read what I read and like what I like.  That being said I have realized that much of the African-American literature I've read is what smarter people than I term "magical realism".


February 3, 2020

February at the beach is always a great time.  We have our winter people (northerners, midwesterners, and way-northerners) in town and Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day which usually means long weekends for visitors.  Also I am getting ready for the Savannah Book Fes...

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