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 39 - What You Left Me

In early September the queen of southern relationship novels passed away suddenly. Dorothea Benton Frank was a prolific writer of more than 25 books, most taking place in the lowcountry of South Carolina, her favorite place to be. Raised in Charleston and on Sullivan's Island, Dottie Frank moved to New Jersey after her marriage. She retained her very southern roots in her heart and books. Dottie's books were snarky funny, poignant, and very real. She wrote the way she spoke - so if you have ever read her, you know exactly how she sounded in real life. I had the opportunity to listen to her on several occasions and absolutely enjoyed her irreverent and spot-on humor. Listening to her (a

Chapter 38 - The Day the World Came to Town

It is not often I dedicate a whole blog post to a single book but this non-fiction book by Jim DeFede is truly worth your attention. September 11, 2001 one is a day that will live in our hearts and minds forever. It is a milestone in American history that has lead to many subsequent events and still causes heartbreak to many. It is hard to conceive that there was anything good about that day but...it is a day when our Canadian neighbors became our American family. The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland is the story of the planes that had to land in Newfoundland because airspace in the United States was closed. While Gander had been a very busy military base during an

Chapter 37 - Read a New Book Month

So anyone who knows me, including you dear readers, knows I love new books. Not necessarily never-been-read before books but books which have been published recently. Sometimes as a reader you get really lucky and find a book that totally sets you on fire - like A Gentleman in Moscow in 2016 or Where the Crawdads Sing in 2018. So far this year I haven't found a single book that I can say is the best book of the year but then we have four more months to go and I'm still hoping. But I have definitely found some very good books which were entertaining and/or thought provoking. Here then are some 2019 books that are worth reading. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - From

Chapter 36 - Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl was one of the most innovative writers of children's fiction in the 20th century. He was born on September 13, 1916 in Llandaff, Wales. Sent to Repton boarding school in England at age 13 where the students were asked to test chocolate bars (think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). After his schooling he became an adventurer for many years until the outbreak of World War II when he enlisted in the Royal Air Force and became a pilot. He also served as a spy during the war. He began to write in the 1940's, at first describing his aviation experiences and then issuing his first children's book, The Gremlins. While Dahl wrote for both adults (short stories, novels, and screenpla

Chapter 35 - Victory in Japan Day

Today is the anniversary of V-J Day, also know as Victory in Japan Day. Originally this was celebrated as a national holiday in many places in the US but fell out of favor as a holiday as it was thought to be offensive to Japan who is now an ally. There were many factors that caused Japan to surrender - Hiroshima and Nagasaki were certainly a large part of it. After three years of brutal war in the Pacific, negotiations with Russia, and people in Japan petitioning their government for peace, it seemed inevitable that Japan would not win the war. If you are not familiar with the history of the war with Japan, here are some good books to check out. Hiroshima by John Hersey - Hiroshima tells



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