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 42 - Plum Spooky

October is a perfect time for a scary book. Not only does it boast of having Halloween at the end of it, but here in the Low Country you will sometimes see morning fog hovering over the moss shrouded trees. There is just something here that wants to be scary like the ghost tours at The Brentwood or the ghostly carriage rides in Savannah. Maybe it is because the South is so steeped in history. Most battles during the Revolutionary War were fought in South Carolina, Civil War battlefields dot the countryside from Virginia down to Louisiana, and hurricanes themselves make for good ghostly stories. Here is my list of favorite books to get your ghost on. Two of them take place in the South, a

Chapter 41 - Best Seller

I have mentioned in previous posts how much I like new books and by "new" I mean ones that have come out in the current year. There is something so satisfying about reading the latest and greatest. There are some authors, though, who have no appeal to me. No judgement here, they just aren't my cup of tea. Some of those authors are ones who pop out with a new book every week or whose hardback you buy at full price only to be confronted with the paperback version three months after. The best new books this year, in my opinion, have been suspense books. While British authors have traditionally been quite skilled at these types of books, American authors have stepped up their game as well.

Chapter 40 - The Great American Read

By the time this post comes out The Great American Read voting will be closing soon (October 18, 2018) for a grand finale on October 23, 2018. The Great American Read has been an eight-part series that explores the power of reading through America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It looks at how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diversity and our shared humanity. There are books I would not have put on the list - not to be a book snob - and books which should definitely by part of it. (You can find the list here - https://dv2oc5tyj18yr.cloudfront.ne

Chapter 39 - Waiting

I consider myself a fairly patient person. Usually I take the requirement of waiting for something - a vacation, an event, a baby, really any activity - in stride. This past month was a particular difficult one as my family and I were waiting for my mother to die. That sounds terrible, doesn't it? Mom had stage 4 liver cancer and after her last hospital stay she declined rapidly. Within 4 days of her hospital release she was on in-home hospice and had very limited consciousness. But she wasn't quite ready to give up yet and her body functioned without food and minimal water for what seemed to us like forever. It was in fact, only a few weeks. So while our experience was terrible, it



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