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 (www.bookendsonline.com)  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.


Recent Posts



Chapter 8 - A Game of Thrones

In the book Gone With the Wind, Rhett Butler tells Scarlett O'Hara that she should put a sign over the general store she owns saying Caveat Emptor. Scarlett thinks this is a great idea not realizing that the saying is Latin for "Buyer Beware". Having recently played the game Trivial Pursuit - Book Lover's Edition, I would add the saying to this evil game as well. My youngest daughter, Claire, and her family were visiting recently. She and I decided to play this one rainy Sunday afternoon. Claire is a high school English teacher and I own a bookstore so we are no slouches (or so we thought) when it comes to books. She came to the game with great academic and young adult knowledge and I f

Chapter 7 - The Odyssey

On quiet beach days or in the early morning before the crowds come to the beach, it seems that all the stuff we get bombarded with during the day is far, far away. When I am away from the beach, regardless of the adventure, I miss my home - the sound of the waves, the crisp, clean air with hints of sea mist, suntan lotion, and beach flowers, and the feel of warm sand on my toes. My quest is always to come back to my adopted home. We started talking about home this morning and what it means to us. Some people carry their homes figuratively (and literally) on their backs like turtles, at home wherever they are. Others find that it is really people who make their home so as long as they are

Chapter 6 - Flight Behavior

As any of my family or friends will tell you I love historical facts and trivia of any kind. I appreciate irony as well as cleverness. In that vein, Douglas Corrigan (nicknamed Wrong Way) flew from New York to Ireland on this day in 1938 although his flight plan had him returning to California where he originated his flight. Although he claimed bad weather and a faulty compass took him to the Emerald Isle, seems he was denied permission to make a nonstop flight from New York to Ireland when he proposed it. He never publicly admitted to flying to Ireland deliberately although his nickname stayed with him until his death. So in honor of Wrong Way Corrigan here are some great books about Ire

Chapter 5 - Time After Time

Today's beach musing included a discussion of what makes a book timeless. The definition of "timeless", according to Dictionary.com, is 1. without beginning or end; eternal, everlasting and 2. referring or restricted to no particular time. Apparently people much smarter than I have debated this very subject and have even given lectures about timelessness in literature. Here is what they have identified: A timeless story is one that contains the emotional truths of life. The story must be enduring and have a core emotional experience that transcends any period of time. Some examples of timeless books might be - The Outsiders by SE Hinton - How can the reader not feel the pain Pony Boy does wh

Chapter 4 - The Winds of War

A very breezy day at the beach today and I started to think about D-Day ( I know only a month after the date) and how difficult that landing on June 6, 1944 must have been. The prediction by most of the British and German meteorologists was for high winds, rough seas, and rain. The British were pushing to delay the scheduled invasion and the Germans were pretty sure nothing would happen on that day. The American meteorologist believed that a high pressure front would deflect the advancing storm and provide sunny skies over the English Channel. General Eisenhower went with the American's predication and the rest, as you know, is history. While seas were still choppy, the invasion was a g



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