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 21 - Pick Up Lines

The first line of a book can make or break it. Sure, covers are important, (forget that old adage, you can't tell a book by it's cover), but that first line has to hook the reader and make him/her want to go further. The first line, if well-crafted, not only becomes iconic, but also has the reader asking questions, ruminating on the truth of the line, and setting the tone for the whole book. As Stephen King said, “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” There are some classic books whose lines are well known and often recited. These include "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was

Chapter 20 - Someone You Know - Part 2

As we discussed last week, I love new books by authors I know. I am always amazed at how an author who repeatedly writes the same genre or even a series can keep going with fresh new episodes. I also find it wonderful how authors who write stand alone books can come up with so many different ideas. Their books often include those which take place in different time periods and places. Some of my favorite new or new-ish books are listed below. I am sure you will recognize the authors and will want to read these new books. Beach Haven by T.I.Lowe - This is the first of Tonya Lowe's Carolina Coast series with two more due out this summer. Tonya first became known to me with her wonderful bo

Chapter 19 - Someone You Know, Part 1

While some publishers are holding off on releasing new books because of COVID-19 and they really want their authors to do the dog and pony show of book signings, others are issuing books as if the world was back to normal. I suspect they feel that the author's works already have a following and so they will sell. Also it takes up to 18 months following an author's submission to get a book to publication. So here are some books either already out or coming out soon from authors you may have already enjoyed. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson - I am a big, big fan of Larson and have read most of his previous books. His latest one, published in April, is about Churchill's first year as

Chapter 18 - The Bookshop on the Corner

Many of us are sad that we can't get to our favorite bookstores yet. There is a special, dare I say, sacredness to a bookstore. People seem to be nicer and quieter when they are in a bookstore. Bookstores, new or some used, smell good, rich with the scent of paper and ink. There is also the excitement of finding a book you've been looking for - the next in a series, a new book that just came out, or an older book that you read years ago and lost. I love to read books about bookstores, I guess this is hazard of the trade. So, if you can't get out and visit your favorite independent bookstore, here are some books that will help to put you in that special space. The Storied Life of A.J. Fi



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