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 17 - Going Home

As the winter ends and spring spreads her wings over us, many of our winter visitors go home. While this is sad for us, I am sure they are happy to get back to friends and families in their hometowns. We are very fortunate to have visitors from all over the United States and Canada during the winter. They bring a fresh perspective, new stories, and great recommendations of book to read. The sadness comes because many of our friends we are not sure we will see again. Illnesses come and go in families, friends pass away, financial circumstances change, and sometimes people decide that they just don't want to travel anymore. We always hope to see our same customers back year after year but

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Chapter 16 - Young at Heart

Springtime always reminds me of being young. I feel the excitement in the air when the Spring Breakers and Out-of-Schoolers come to town. There is a vibrancy and also a nostalgic reminder of how wonderful it felt to be a child and have your whole life ahead of you. So, I am going out on a limb here to let you know I like Young Adult fiction. Just with any genre there is good Young Adult or YA fiction and not so good. Much YA fiction deals with dystopian societies where something bad has happened and the young protagonist is trying to fix the wrongs in the world. Themes in Young Adult fiction also deal with conflict, finding oneself, trying to fit in, and often, the hard, ugly truths of

Chapter 15 - The Reading Group

I had a phone call at the store recently from a reader who follows this blog and was checking if a certain book would be a good book for her book club. Unfortunately I was not able to speak with her for very long because the store was super busy but I did say that her choice was a good one. I thought this week I'd talk about good book club books and what topics you could investigate as you discuss the books. As I have mentioned before, in the book club I attend, the facilitator, Alexis, is awesome. She always researches the book completely for discussion and brings in many topics and ideas. She sets the bar high for those of us who volunteer to facilitate a book or two. Alexis also told

Chapter 14 - Footnotes From the World's Greatest Bookstores...

Many people who come into our store will remark how nice it would be to own or work in a bookstore and just be able to read all day. As Norma and I can attest - it is not that easy! Most days we have no down time to read whatsoever. We are always working with customers, doing mundane things like paying bills, processing payroll, shelving books, reshelving books, dusting, cleaning, and ordering books and products we think our customers might enjoy. So if we are reading a book (instead of Publishers Weekly or Bookmarks) it is usually at lunch when we grab a quick bite at our desk. Even then we tend to read the periodicals mentioned above to keep up with our industry. On weekends or the da

Chapter 13 - The Spring Girls

Who doesn't love Spring? The fresh air, the small green leaves of flowers poking out of a thawed ground, the freedom of Spring Break for students and teachers, all go towards making this a festive time of year. The only bad thing about Spring is pollen. Whether you have allergies or not, Spring in the South is full of two separate pollen events. First we have the flowering trees and buds type of pollen, then we have pine pollen - yellow and then green. You walk outside and your car is covered with pollen. You leave the door open briefly and your home receives its own inside dusting of the stuff. Your trail it everywhere - to the store, in your car, even your dogs have pollen on them.



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