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 38 - Once Again

I reread books. Sometimes I do this for book club as we will be scheduled to read a book I have read before. I will also pick up a book I haven't read in years to see if it is as good or as I remembered. I also reread a book if I am going to recommend it to a grandchild. Other times I reread because I am going to talk about a book on the blog and want to refresh my memory of it. What I always find when I do this is that I discover things in the book I missed the first time. The first time I read a book, I read for story. The second time I read, I read for detail. If the book makes it to a third reading and, often, it does, I read for theme and deeper understanding. The time it takes

Bonus Chapter - The Hurricane Sisters

As I write this I am sitting in a hotel room waiting for waters to recede so I can come back home. For many reasons, Dave and I along with Boh, our dog, left our home in coastal South Carolina to come to Baltimore in advance of Hurricane Florence. A few years ago during Hurricane Matthew I sheltered in place while the storm raged outside. This time, based on the information that the storm was a monster, we evacuated north. Now I can't get home. The picture above is of I-40, a road we sometimes travel home (notice the highway exit sign at the top center of the picture). So while I am tired, want a home cooked meal, and am anxious about what we will find when we get home, we are making do.

Chapter 37 - The Reluctant Dragon

Over the summer a number of parents have come in looking for books for their reluctant readers. I have a personal mantra that everyone is a reader, many have just not discovered the right book yet. When I get requests like this I try to figure out what the young reader is interested in. What I have found is if you find a book about a child's interest, generally they like the book. This doesn't work all the time as there are just some children who are obdurate in not reading. The harder mom and dad push, the more the child digs in and then, what should be a pleasure becomes a fight. This is no fun for anyone. Here is a list of books which may kick off a reading habit in a reluctant reade

Chapter 36 - Book Club

It seems as if everytime you turn around a celebrity is coming out with a "book club". I thank Oprah Winfrey for this as she introduced us to many wonderful books during her years as an afternoon television host. Now she has her Oprah's Book Club 2.0, Reese Witherspoon has a book club, Emma Watson has a feminist book club, Bill Gates, President Obama, even Sarah Jessica Parker has a book club for heaven's sake! I have to wonder really just how much reading these celebrities do or if they have people to weed out the detritus for them and recommend what exactly they should read. Well, for better or worse, you have me, my friends. I don't have a reading staff who recommend books. Any recom

I'd Rather Be Reading

I was lucky enough recently to be picked by Anne Bogel for the Launch Team of her new book - I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life. I was first introduced to Anne through her lifestyle blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, and then from her 2017 book Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything. Anne's latest book was all I expected and more. I'd Rather Be Reading is a series of essays about the reading life. Chapter titles include Confess Your Literary Sins, The Books That Find You, The Readers I Have Been and Book People among others. In each chapter you will find thoughts and observations you will nod your head about and yo

Chapter 35 - The Romanov Conspiracy

This November marks the 100th anniversary of World War I - "the war that will end war" as it was sadly entitled by H.G. Wells in 1914. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the murder of the Romanovs, the Russian Tsar and his family, in July of 1918. There were many political and social reasons for the overthrow of the royal family - the loss of so many men, bad military decisions, and constant deprivations in World War I, being named as the primary ones. After house arrest, the Romanovs were moved to Siberia where they were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. What really happened though? Why didn't England come to their rescue since Nicholas was the direct cousin of George V, En



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