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 8 - Savannah Book Festival, Part One

This year my husband, David, is overseas working so I wanted to have another person go with me to the SBF. My youngest daughter, Claire, made herself available on Saturday and so we went. If you've never been to the festival it is a three day palooza of authors starting with an Opening Address speaker on Thursday night and closing on Sunday with a speaker as well. My favorite part is all day on Saturday when various authors come to discuss their books. The Saturday event is free and takes place within a few square block of a very walkable city. As always, I prepped before I went. I try to read the books of the authors I am interested in seeing so I have familiarity with their works. Her

Chapter 7 - Summer of '69

It occurred to me recently (as I was listening to Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties) that I have read a lot of books about the sixties recently. I don't know if that is a nod to nostalgia or maybe just trying to make sense of a time period I grew up in and was somewhat oblivious to. Anyway, the sixties were clearly a crazy time. Youth rebellion, the Vietnam War, rampant drugs, extreme racial unrest, political assassinations, space exploration, and people just trying to understand it all. Here are the books I've been reading lately that have the sixties as their own character! Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand - While she has written a lot of books this w

Chapter 6 - Beloved

I am not a pro at defining, explaining, or analyzing literature. Generally I just read what I read and like what I like. That being said I have realized that much of the African-American literature I've read is what smarter people than I term "magical realism". Magical realism is fiction that shows a realistic picture of the modern world (or time in history) while adding magical elements. It is often identified as ordinary events with a touch of the extraordinary. I thought about this for a while and after talking to my daughter, the 12th grade AP English teacher, I came to the conclusion that there might be reasons for this literary device in African-American literature. My daughter rem

Chapter 5 - His Excellency: George Washington

February at the beach is always a great time. We have our winter people (northerners, midwesterners, and way-northerners) in town and Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day which usually means long weekends for visitors. Also I am getting ready for the Savannah Book Festival in mid-February which I always love. As you know my reading life is varied, I read history, fiction, memoirs, biography, classics and plan to incorporate some additional spirituality into my reading this year. Some of my favorite biographies, though, are about the presidents. They were a collection of interesting and very human men. So while I still haven't tackled Robert A. Caro's four (soon to be five) volume biograp



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