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.

 
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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.

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Chapter 21 - Cemetery Girl

I am not a fan of horror movies or books. Don't get me wrong, I love spooky and psychological thrillers - books that mess with your mind a little bit. I've been this way since I was a kid always preferring subtle suspense or mystery to graphic horror. I have vivid and fond memories of Edgar Allen Poe stories and Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted Houseful, Ghostly Gallery and other "scary" books for young readers. These were published way before RL Stine's Goosebumps or Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events books. To me the suspense is always sweeter when your brain has to work a little to imagine it. So, just for Halloween, some spooky books for your reading pleasure! Rebecca by Daph

Chapter 20 - Secrets She Left Behind

My work commitment which I mentioned last week was selling books at the North Myrtle Beach library's visit from Diane Chamberlain. This is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a bookseller - often you get a chance to listen to an author speak about his/her writing process and new books AND sell books at the same time! If you have not read her books, Diane writes about family relationships, flawed humans, and ethical issues. Not only is she a fine writer, her stories always real and compelling, but she is also an elegant and honest speaker. This was the second time Bookends has had an opportunity to provide books for one of her events and I enjoyed her talk this time as much as before.

Chapter 19 - One Good Dog

A few weeks ago Dave and I were to celebrate our anniversary with a trip to Asheville, North Carolina. Our grandson is in school there and we figured we'd take the opportunity to visit a place neither of us has been since childhood. It was going to be a quick trip for me as I had a work commitment on Saturday (more about that next week). Things didn't quite work out as planned as our German Shepherd, Shadow, got very sick (gastrointestinal but y'all don't need to know the gory details) and we decided we couldn't leave her for our pet sitter to deal with. Shadow is 12 years old and we were having some serious end of life discussions. After a pricey trip to the vet, it was determined that

Chapter 18 - The Drums of Autumn

I love fall at the beach - no crowds, cooler days, and a less frantic pace at the store. The beach looks different this time of year too. Dunes change configuration because of storms and there are new shells on the shore, varieties not seen in the summer. It is a good time to take a deep breath after a very busy summer. To many fall, more than any other time of year, signals a fresh start. This is probably because it marks the beginning of a new school year. Autumn usually has me reading meatier books, ones that are best read as the days grow shorter, with a cup of tea or glass of red wine in hand. I want books I can sink my teeth into, gone are the lighter, fluffier books of summer, g

Chapter 17 - The Book Club

I have to tell you about my book club - The Myrtle Beach Book Club. Actually it is not MY book club but a book club I am privileged to be in. It was started by a woman in Myrtle Beach about 5 years ago and many of the people in the group have been in it since it started. I am a relative newbie with only about 2 years of tenure. We read many different genres and whoever recommends a book, facilitates the discussion. The club attracts a variety of readers ranging in age from mid-twenties to mid-seventies, male and female, as well as different backgrounds. The best thing about the club, aside from the people, is that we actually talk about the books. I mean - in depth! We talk about the a

 
 
 
 

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