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 12 - A Child's Garden of Verses

While we love the beach periodically we have to get out and enjoy some of the other wonderful sights close to us. Taking a walk through Brookgreen Gardens is one of our favorite things to do. A short 45 minutes drive from North Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen is alive with color year round (my picture is from December). I love their Children's Garden and feel like I am in "The Secret Garden" whenever I am there. If I had been lucky enough to have a garden like this as a child I would definitely have been found here reading all the time. Some of my favorite children's books are below. I urge you to read them now to your children, your grandchildren, or just for yourself. Treasure Island by Ro

Chapter 11 - Life With Father

As we were walking the beach this morning Dave asked me who made the biggest impact on my reading life. My answer was quick and unfaltering - my father. My day, who passed away over eight years ago, always had a book he was reading. Sometimes they were westerns, other times detective stories or popular fiction. Often he would be reading a biography or a sports book, but he always read. After dinner he would retire to the den where he would be head down for at least an hour reading, longer if there wasn't anything good on TV that night. When my sister and I were little he would read to us at night before we went to bed. He plowed through Uncle Wiggily, fairy tales, The Bobbsey Twins, an

Chapter 10 - An Invisible Thread

One of the best things about walking the beach when we do is the people who also get their butts out of bed to enjoy the early morning sun and sand. There is such a variety of people - young and old, singles and couples, people with children. Add to that the diversity of backgrounds and cultures and you have a wonderful mix of people just enjoying the beach. It is a rare moment when a greeting or smile is not returned. Even the joggers give a head nod! This morning we talked about the different people who come to the beach. The discussion then lead to books about other cultures. Being a traveler, both of the physical and armchair variety, I have always enjoyed books that take me somepl

Chapter 9 - 13 Reasons Why

For me, as for others, not all books are magic. Over the years of reading I have come across more than my share of popular fiction, classics, non-fiction, even children's books that I hated. Okay, maybe hate is too strong a word but.. two things I have realized are... Not all books are for all people. I know that sounds silly but I'm not going to love every book I read so I can't beat myself up for not loving a book everyone else thinks is great. Life is too short to struggle through a book that isn't speaking to me. My personal rule of thumb about giving up on a book is - take 100 pages minus my age and, if the book hasn't hooked me by then, it gets jettisoned. So here is a brief list o



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