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 25 - The Group

I recently spent some time with my best friend. I have known Claudia since we were four years old and we have been on many adventures. Every time we are together we pick up in conversation exactly where we left off the time before and I once again understand why she is my best friend. I have always been blessed to have great women friends from childhood on. They have helped me through bad times, supported me through rough seas, and have celebrated my successes as I have theirs. Here then are some terrific books about women friends. The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King - This is a story of six Southern women who having been to college together hold biannual reunions. There are secrets

Chapter 24 - The Good Father

Milestone holidays make me reflect on life, not so very unusual for most humans, I think. This year my dad has been dead ten years and having been to Baltimore recently to clean out my parent's house I have come across many photos of him. Dad was quite the reader and it was under his care that I became one too. He would come home from work at lunchtime and read to us when we were little. He was never too busy to read to us at night. As my sister and I got older he would read us things from the newspaper or from a book he was reading. Long before audio books became popular, Dad would pick a book and read to us on long road trips as mom drove. That made holidays somewhat easy as part of a

Chapter 23 - The Dry

So for the last five plus years I have been a reading machine, routinely finishing 3 to 4 books a week. I love to read, enjoy traveling to other times and places, as well as meeting new people in books. That's why it took me so by surprise that in late April, early May I suffered a dry spell. (Audience gasp!) Like any other habit, once you stop reading it is easy to not read and...like any other habit once you stop it is very hard to start going again. For someone who makes their living by reading and talking about books this was a very big and hard hurdle for me to jump. I won't say I was in activity avoidance exactly but reading was not my "go to" activity during that time span. Whil

Chapter 22 - Citizen Soldiers

June 6, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the World War II operation that has been deemed the turning point of the war. While there are very few "citizen soldiers" alive left to tell us about their part in this campaign, thankfully there are many good books out there to give us the historical facts and personal accounts of the event. I use the term "citizen soldiers" because most Americans involved in World War II were just that, men and women who had no prior military training but were either drafted (about 10 million men) or enlisted (approximately 6 million) after Pearl Harbor. Here are some really good books which tell us their stories and, in some cases, the facts of the campai



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