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 - Judging a Book By Its Cover

I have found here in North Myrtle Beach that a gray morning does not mean a gray day, all day. We have fog that rolls in or clouds that drift by which, by midday, move out and leave us with beautiful sunshiny days. So, since you can't tell from the morning if the day will be pretty, it made me think - can you judge a book by its cover? The recent trend in hardback book covers is to make them 3-D with tears or raindrops or sparkles embedded in the dust jackets. This seems to be a little more difficult with trade paperbacks so don't expect the trade paperback cover to match the original hardcover dust jacket. Mass market (the smallest size) paperbacks don't get nearly the creativity of the

Chapter 11 - Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Just as I couldn't bypass Black History Month without listing some wonderful books written by or about black authors, I would be remiss not to recognize Women's History Month. Let me start by acknowledging that I am a feminist and have been since 1970 when I became aware, at the ripe age of 13, of the Women's Movement, the Equal Rights Amendment and the inequality of the sexes. What is feminism any way but "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes"? (Thank you Mr. Webster!) There are so many books about strong, intelligent women, both fiction and non-fiction, that it may be hard for me to pick out my favorites. So without any political ado - here are some w

Chapter 10 - More About Savannah

I know, I know I've talked about Savannah and the book festival for the last two weeks but, it occurred to me as I was writing last week's blog that there are tons of books which feature Savannah that people may not know about. With such a rich history of wars, pirates, southern belles, and scallawags, Savannah provides a wonderful setting for many authors. Here are a few Savannah fun facts : It is believed that Savannah was first settled by Paleoindians over 12,000 years ago. During the Civil War, General Sherman invaded the city but instead of having it burned as Atlanta was, the government of the city negotiated a surrender. Savannah hosts the 2nd largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in

Chapter 9 - Savannah - Part 2

This week I am going to share a little more about the Savannah Book Festival, the authors I saw and the books I read in preparation for it. Mark your calendars, the 2019 Savannah Book Festival is scheduled for February 14 - 17, 2019. The list of authors will be released in December. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin - The premise of the story fascinated me at the beginning. Four children are told their death dates by a Roma woman. The book takes the reader through each of the children's subsequent lives. Were their life choices made because of that information or in spite of the revelations? How do fate, chance and expectations shape our future? This is Chloe Benjamin's second book an



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