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 4 - Bottom Shelf

How wonderful to go to work and see all the beautiful books in the store. Even better, I get to see customers who have not been in since March or April as they are our "snowbirds", people who come south to escape the snowy tundra that is winter in the north. I see customers from all over Canada, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan - almost anywhere that has cold winters. When you are from an environment where the average temps are in the negatives, 40 and 50 degrees seems like summer I suppose. These wonderful people all have one thing in common - they like to read which is why they are in the store to begin with! Many walk right in and know instantly which books t

Chapter 3 - Top Shelf

I love it when people come into the store. Most readers are friendly sorts of people who enjoy talking about books, learning about books, and reading mass quantities of books. We get people from every walk of life - those who have been readers since they were small, folks who have retired and have recently found the joy of reading, and those who are super busy moms and dads who still manage to squeeze in a book or two during their hectic weeks. One thing I've noticed is that most people don't look at the top shelf of the bookcase unless they are looking for a specific author. Instead they either keep their focus at eye level or a little below. Sadly, they miss a lot of good books this wa

Chapter 2 - The Beachside Christmas

We just came back from a wonderful Christmas cruise - warm weather, tropical places, and plenty of time to read onboard ship. A day at sea, Grand Turks, San Juan, St Thomas, and more sea days made for a warm and pleasant Christmas season. Back in North Myrtle Beach, we arrived home to the coldest weather we have seen in winter in a long time. Add to it a small snow/ice fall which closed down our city for two days and all thoughts of vacation and warm weather sailed from our minds. I know it sounds like a "bus man's holiday" but one of the places I visited in San Juan was Libreria Laberinto, a beautiful little bookstore on the Calle de la Cruz. There, a very kind and knowledgeable clerk in

Book 2 - Chapter 1 - Baltimore Blues

So, after a great vacation (more about that in the next few weeks) I am in a little bit of mourning. Not a whole lot, mind you, but as my team blew any postseason chance last week, there is no more football this season for me. I have always been a football fan from my very first sentence of "Go Colts!", Baltimore Colts, of course. We were season tickets holders throughout my childhood and if you ever saw the movie "Diner" you'd know how deeply Baltimore football can be ingrained in the blood. Anyway, I generally have no interest in following anyone else's team - no offense meant - it just isn't particularly important to me. So, if your team, like mine, couldn't get out of their own way th

 
 
 
 

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