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 21 - The Red Badge of Courage

To many Memorial Day is simply the beginning of summer and for us here in North Myrtle Beach, it is certainly that! But our excitement over the start of the summer season can't make us forget about the significance of the holiday. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was first started in the years following the Civil War as a day to take flowers to graves and be with families of fallen soldiers. It was made a federal holiday in 1971. It is no surprise, of course, that the Civil War claimed more American lives than any other conflict in American history as it was Americans fighting Americans. During and after the conflict, the first national cemeteries were established - think A

Chapter 20 - The Moveable Feast

As you all know I love my adopted home, South Carolina - specifically North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. The weather is beautiful, the people sincerely warm, the beach is fantastic and the food, well the food is mouth-watering. The best hushpuppies hands down (and we have tried quite a few) are at The Bar-B-Que House in North Myrtle Beach. The rest of their menu is really good too! For the most amazing homemade biscuits you'd have to go to Hoskins Restaurant, also in North Myrtle. If you want a French flair to your food, just head to The Brentwood Restaurant in Little River. For a southern buffet spread that is out of this world go no further than Simply Southern Smokehouse in

Chapter 19 - The Same Sweet Girls

I was lucky enough last week to spend time with my best friends in Maryland. I have three friends who I have known since either kindergarten or junior high and who have supported each other through marriages, divorces, births, and deaths and remain true. These are women I could call up at 2:00 AM if I had too and who have cheered my successes and comforted my distresses as I have theirs. That started me thinking, on the way home, of books about friendship. As Dave and I started talking about this topic it occurred to me that while there are many, many books about female friendships or even male/female friendships, there are far fewer about male friendships. Most of the books I came up wi

Chapter 18 - The Choice

In mid-April Dave and I spent a few days in New Bern, NC before heading to Fayetteville, NC for an event centered around his time in the Army (read Special Forces Berlin for more). We had never been in New Bern before although it is famous for being the home of, among other things, Nicholas Sparks. There is so much to see and do here and a very walkable town. New Bern is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola as well as the home of the original capital of North Carolina. It rests on the convergence of the Trent and Neuse rivers, so it was an important riverfront town during colonial times. The town was originally settled by immigrants from Bern, Switzerland, thus its name - New Bern. One of the t



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