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 13 - Harvard Classics Update

The other day a friend asked how my daily reading of the Harvard Classics is going so I will be brutally honest here - some good, some bad. When I started this challenge I expected to be elucidated in classics, many of which I had never read before. I prepared for times I'd be away by downloading the whole Harvard Classics series onto my e-reader (gasp, yes I have one of those). I diligently read daily and played catch up for days when I was not able to read for some reason. Here is what I have found. The Reading Guide indicates that each selected daily reading will take 15 minutes to read. I say bullhockey! I am a fast reader (2 to 4 books a week) and some of the selections are 20 page

Chapter 12 - Try This

So one of my work colleagues, Stacy, and I were talking the other day. We were brainstorming some new and fun activities for the store and while doing so, she reminded me of our value-add to customers. It's not like I forgot it, but rather it comes so naturally to all of us that I sometimes take it for granted and forget that most big box stores and online algorithms don't/can't do this. And here it is - we are big proponents of and well-versed in recommendations! That may not seem like a big deal but often customers run out of their favorite author reads and are looking for someone just like him/her. Other times customers have read a book and want other ones which take place in the same

Chapter 11 - The Moonshiner's Daughter

This post is about Donna Everhart, a wonderful Southern author whom we had the pleasure of meeting on February 24th for our February Meet and Greet. While Donna's professional author picture makes her look like a demure Southern lady, she is in fact a firecracker! In person, Donna is charming, witty, and definitely someone you'd want as a friend. Her books reflect her personality to a degree in that the heroines are sharp and sassy while still being very human. Donna started her career as an IT (Information Technology) professional at an early age and when her company was taken over by another, she turned to writing. She hired a professional editor for her first book - The Education of Di

Chapter 10 - Savannah Book Festival, Part Three

So to say I went to the Savannah Book Festival just to get my book geek on would, of course, be a total lie. I love Savannah as there is so much to see and do there. The historic section is incredibly beautiful and, as I stated last week, compulsively walkable. Having a Savannah newbie with me was absolutely part of the fun for me and while I love discovering new places, this was a great opportunity to show off some of my old favorites. If you have never been to Savannah, you are in for a treat. While Atlanta was burned to the ground on Sherman's March to the Sea (a point of contention still), and Charleston was bombarded into capitulation, the good people of Savannah surrendered their c

Chapter 9 - That's What They Said or Savannah Book Festival Part Two

Last week I told you about the books I read in preparation for the Savannah Book Festival. Usually by December of the previous year the good people at SBF have started to announce the slate of authors. They do this every Tuesday through December and the beginning of January. That is when I start plotting my reads. That way I go into the festival knowing exactly who I want to see and have a good understanding of the book which is being showcased. One of the best parts of the festival, of course, is being able to listen to the authors talk about their works. While there are always many authors on the schedule (this year 43 not including the opening address, keynote speaker and closing add



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