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 51 - Home for Christmas

I love Christmas books at Christmas. I don't start in November, I don't read Christmas books in July (don't laugh, I know people who do). Give me cold weather, a nice fire, and a glass of wine or cup of coffee and ta-dah, I am a happy girl. So many Christmas books are romance based which is probably my least favorite genre so I tend to stay away from them. I do like character-driven books, however, and here are some of my favorites. The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank - What a gift Frank left us in this small but poignant book about a dysfunctional Southern family at Christmas time. The only thing matriarch, Theodora, wants is to have a Christmas like the ones she remembers from

Chapter 50 - For the Children's Hour

One of the most wonderful things for me is to share books. I love it when people share books with me and, of course, I enjoy sharing and recommending books to others. As children, my sister and I were read to, and I passed this on to my children and grandchildren. Reading aloud is still one of my favorite things to do and, unless the grandkids are in town, my husband is the recipient of my desire to share out loud. Here then are some terrific books to share with your children or grandchildren. Red Ranger Came Calling by Berkeley Breathed - This book, by Bloom County's cartoonist Breathed, tells about his father "Red" and his amazing childhood Christmas. A child of the 40s, Red imagines h

Chapter 49 - The Christmas List

It is about this time of year I start thinking about books to give as gifts. I really try to match books to people although I have been known to push people out of their comfort zones with book gifts or suggestions. I have read a lot of terrific books this year and in many cases I have given a friend the book as soon as I finish it. So much for waiting for Christmas! Here are some recommendations for the people in your life who love books. History - If you have a friend or loved one who enjoys history and went to see the movie Midway a couple of times, give them Target Tokyo by James M. Scott. The book is about Jimmy Doolittle and the raid that avenged Pearl Harbor. The Doolittle raid w

Chapter 48 - The Dreadful Fluff

As you can tell, I read a lot. I read a lot of HEAVY stuff. I like to learn things, experience life from the eyes of people different from me whether it is social class, race, experience, or time that makes them different. A lot of what I read, while not exactly depressing, is well, heavy and thought provoking, and sometimes challenging to the way I see the world. In between these more sober experiences I generally put in some fluff - lighthearted reads that make you feel good. Just like my go-to reads are historical fiction, my go-to fluff reads are usually (but not always) relationship books. They usually make me laugh, are easy and quick to read, and while they are my potato chip boo



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