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 17 - Eloise At the Plaza

So while Eloise had a very pleasant stay at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, she was also able to go outside and enjoy all the wonders of New York City while she lived there. Unfortunately we currently don't have that luxury and most of us feel the need to break out in some way, even if it is just driving to the park to take the dog for a walk. That begs the question of what happens when people are confined to their homes or living spaces? How do they cope? What do they do all day? What causes them to stay inside? Here are some books that attempt to answer these questions. Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple - At first Bernadette appears to be a busy mom who works at home. Sure

Chapter 16 - American Dirt

The Bookends Book Club read American Dirt for our April book. We got creative and had a discussion via Zoom as, sadly, we could not get together in person. All in attendance liked the book, thought it was well written, and that the author put a different spin on the southern border migration problem. The story centers around Lydia Quixano Pérez, a middle class bookstore owner in Acapulco, Mexico. She lives in a nice apartment with her husband, Sebastian, a journalist, and their 8 year old son Luca. One of her customers, a man named Javier, becomes a good friend until the day Sebastian tells Lydia that he is the head of a local, violent cartel. Then, much to Javier's dismay, Lydia distanc

Chapter 15 - The Plague

As we go into our second full month with virus containment activities, it occurred to me that there have been a lot of books written about surviving horrible things that are not within anyone's control. Some of the books are medical mysteries, some fall into the horror genre, others are nonfiction and still others fall into a more philosophical discussion. Psychologists tell us that during times of stress or hardship we sometimes reach for those things which can't really hurt us, to read. It is during these times that horror stories or movies boom. The theme of all these seem to be we can get through this, have resilience, listen to those who tell you what to do, don't panic, and have comp

Chapter 14 - Love in the Time of Cholera

Most of us are if not self-isolating, spending more time at home and less time in stores or among crowds. While that leaves us more time for reading, it can be a stressful time regardless. So I took a Facebook poll of our friends and asked what books they were reading to keep their minds off COVID-19. Here were some great suggestions: Pawley's Island by Dorothea Benton Frank - One of our friends figured if her spring break was cancelled at least she could travel by book. Pawley's Island is a terrific book, laugh out loud funny, with well developed characters and storyline. Just read it with a pina colada in hand and pretend you are on the beach. This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger -



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