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 4 - Read Harder

As you know, I challenge myself each year (inspired by Goodreads) to read more books, last year my goal was 130 and I finished 131. The year before I set my goal at 125 and read 130. So I started thinking about this and realized how stupid and, well, arrogant that was. It's not that I share the goal or the accomplishment with anyone on an ongoing basis, but - what's the point? Sometimes I feel the pressure to read to catch up and that's not very fun. And...reading should be pleasurable right? So this year I am allowing myself to have no set goal for a challenge. There are definitely books I want to read - like the books of authors I will see at the Savannah Book Festival in February.

Chapter 3 - Invincible Louisa

Louisa May Alcott has gotten a lot of press lately with the release of the movie Little Women in December. While this was one of my favorite stories growing up, the story of Louisa and her family is even more remarkable. In addition, I recently visited Orchard House the home of the Alcotts in Concord, Massachusetts which just fueled more fire to write about her. Louisa was born to Bronson and Abigail Alcott in 1832. Her parents were part of a group known as Transcendentalists and consisted of people like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Her father served as a teacher and lecturist but did not believe in charging for his services so the family was often i

Chapter 2 - The Reading Life

I had set a goal of 130 books to read in 2019. I know that sounds like a lot but as I had accomplished that in 2018, it seemed like a reasonable number. It probably also sounds crazy because who sets goals as to the number of books they read right? Well yes, but for me the more books I read the more I can talk to people about books and make suggestions of books they might like. As I got towards the end of the year, I wanted to read fun books or books by authors I hadn't read in a long time. Here was my list coming into the final stretch of 2019. Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich - One of our good customers Vee-Ann recommended I read this and as I hadn't read Evanovich for many years,

Book 4 - Chapter 1 - The Harvard Classics: The Five-Foot Shelf of Books

Happy New Reading Year! In the fall I had the opportunity to pick up The Harvard Classics: The Five-Foot Shelf of Books edited by Charles W. Eliot. This is a 51 volume anthology of classic works from world literature compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909. According to Eliot, a liberal arts education could be obtained by reading 15 minutes a day from a collection of 51 books all sitting on a 5 foot shelf. A publisher, P.F. Collier & Son, challenged Eliot to the task and so the collection was born. While I know quite a few people in my family who would love to have this collection as a gift, I decided to keep it and challenge myself



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