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 31- To Be The Best

Happy New Year's Eve! Here's hoping it bring lots of good things to all of us. September always seems to me to be the start of the learning year but January always makes me introspective. I go into the new year with goals - personal, professional, and reading and list them out so I can check them off during the year. I don't always achieve every one of them - heck, sometimes I don't even come close, but I see January 1st as a new page just waiting for me to write on it. If this sounds like you and you want to know more about yourself and others, here are some books that just might help. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin - Rubin was riding home on a city bus and had an epiphany tha

Chapter 30 - Awake in the Dark

When my mother told me that she was planning to write a blog about books, I thought that there might be no more perfect match imaginable. When she asked me to write a guest post because she was going to be on a cruise for Christmas (lucky) and would be without steady WiFi (luckier), I was enthusiastic and unsure. I teach English Literature and therefore I end up reading many more student essays than I do novels. But ask any member of my family and they'll tell you that if there's anything I know like my mother knows books, it's movies. I love movies. I love the flicker of film on a big screen and I love being entirely transported for a couple of hours. I learned that from my grandfather

Chapter 29 - The Best and The Brightest

As we get closer to the end of December I always think about the best books I've read this year. Last year, hands down, it was A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I read it when it first came out based on a recommendation from a friend. A Gentleman in Moscow was on the bestseller list for 62 weeks (just fell off in October of this year) so, if you have not read it, it is well worth the time you will invest. This year there are a few books that stand out for me as the best I have read this year. They may not necessarily have been on the bestseller list, although some were. They also may not even be new - a few I read when they came out in paperback. When I look over a year's worth of

Chapter 28 - Secret Santa

I love Christmas books and I have the urge to start reading them at Thanksgiving and continue through to New Year's Day. Some books I do read over again each year and others I find yearly and add to my Christmas reading pile. Not only do they get me in a celebratory mood but for some reason I can read them quickly so I end up consuming mass quantities of them. The books in this week's post are tried and true. I have read each and every one of these at least once and recommend them highly if you are looking to get your Christmas on. The Gift of the Magi by O.Henry - This is a classic tale about what you are willing to give up to get a gift for your loved one. While O. Henry (William Sidne

Chapter 27 - Kissing Tolstoy

It is a truth universally acknowledged (at least by those who know me well) that I rarely read Romance books. I don't scorn those who do, in fact, I never judge what anyone reads. At least they are reading - right? But as one customer explained to me, sometimes you just need a happy ending. So here are some of my favorite "happy endings" and a few romances with not so happy endings. Maybe they will work for you or be a good gift suggestion for the Romance reader in your life. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - This book has a little bit of everything in it - time travel, mystery, history, adventure but, at its core, is a romance. You can follow the adventures and crossed fates of Claire and



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