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 34 - Beautiful Exiles

A few weeks back I told you how I was going to spend my birthday - reading at the beach, of course. Well the weather didn't entirely cooperate and a beach day with scattered thunderstorms was not exactly perfect. But a rainy weekend or day means I get to read a little bit more. I chose Love and Ruin by Paula McLain. This is the novelized story of Martha Gellhorn, a renown journalist and Ernest Hemingway, the great writer. As I read the book I had to keep retreating to the internet to see what parts of the story actually happened. I am a big fact checker so I was happy that the events were accurate while the dialogue was perhaps not. Elizabeth Gilbert in her book, Big Magic, suggests tha

Chapter 33 - The Family

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This is the way Tolstoy starts his wonderful book Anna Karenina which is mostly a book about families. I thought of this recently as we had our family here for a visit. We are fortunate that, by and large, we are a happy family. Sure there are speed bumps along the way - dealing with aging parents, our own children struggling with teenagers, political differences, and all of us not voicing expectations when we should. Still we enjoy each other's company and relish the times we get to spend with any and all of our family members. Unhappy families make for better stories though. Friction creates good fiction an

Chapter 32 - The Letter

I love to write letters - notes, cards, lunch bag jottings, thank you notes, it really doesn't matter. Like many book lovers, the written word is important to me. Writing letters is a way for me to share my thoughts, convey information, and connect with people I love and don't see all the time. For me, letters are a tangible expression of love. I also enjoy books written in the form of letters or diaries. The epistolary style of writing is sort of a voyeuristic thing, I guess. What is more fun than reading a diary or finding letters from another time? It is like finding someone else's secret self. I started thinking about books I have read that are written in either diary or letter fo

Chapter 31 - If You Lived In Williamsburg in Colonial Days

We had the pleasure of spending time with our youngest grandchild, Max, in Williamsburg, Virginia a few weeks ago. Max is on the high side of 6 which makes him like a small sponge, soaking up everything and having wonderful enthusiasm for all that he does. Being big time history buffs, we subjected him to a week of history in Williamsburg. Being cool grandparents we also spent a lot of time at the pool at The Historic Powhatan Resort. We also took advantage of the Williamsburg Summer Bounce ticket which gave us unlimited access to Colonial Williamsburg, Water Country and Busch Gardens for seven days. This was a real bonus because kids and grandparents get tired after about half a day so



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