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 - Team of Rivals

Happy Memorial Day! For many this past weekend announced the official start of summer, for us it is the start of our busy season where we take a deep breath, restock our books, and wait for all our wonderful summer friends to visit. Along with that, I always stop to remember what Memorial Day is all about. It's not that I don't appreciate the lives given by men and women in other wars but I have to imagine what horror the Civil War brought to the young American nation. Men and women who were friends, relatives, and political allies were broken apart. Soldiers died in battles far away from homes, many not even really knowing what they were fighting for. It was a time of extreme social up

Chapter 20 - The Secret Life of Bees

Yesterday was World Bee Day and there is a lot of buzz (forgive me) about how the bee population is declining due to insecticides and other environmental hazards. A recent article, for example, stated that we should not kill dandelions because this is often the first pollen bees are able to access in the spring. The importance of bees can be seen in mythology as well as literature. Napoleon Bonaparte used the bee as his royal symbol probably because it referred to the days of early France and showed the people of France that he expected to start a dynasty. Bees are also symbols of hard work and dedication. They take pollen from flowers and spread it to other plants which allows propagatio

Chapter 19 - Ladder of Years

For a lot of us, Mother's Day may be memorable this year. For me, it is a tough one having lost my mom in September. Recently I returned back to her house to continue cleaning it out for sale and each time I go I unearth another layer in the time capsule of my parent's lives, especially Mom's. While there I also got to celebrate with friends whose daughter-in-law and daughter both will become moms this year. Of course, I also got to see my youngest daughter and her family which is always delightful. Anyway, I started thinking about books where the mother figures prominently. Sometimes the moms are good, sometimes bad, and sometimes they are just trying to survive a crazy or difficult li

Chapter 18 - A Day's Work

Some folks think that owning a book store is glamorous. They envision us sitting around, drinking coffee and sharing book stories with all the local literati. While it is a LOT of fun, it is also hard work. Norma and I research, read, buy, process, pay bills and payroll, stock, and constantly go out to find new and better books for our customers. Even when we are not at work, we are working on our business. One of the best parts of my job is that monthly I co-host a radio show with Scott Richards of WEZV. He and I talk about books we have read, are reading or are looking forward to. Scott reads a lot and gets lots of Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) and new hardbacks from publishers to pr



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