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 26 - Almost A Miracle

As we get closer to Independence Day, it is important, I think, to reflect how our country came into being and to recognize the men and women who founded the nation. Initially, the colonists just wanted to be "heard" by King George and members of Parliament, asking to be represented in their governing body. When this was declined, tensions escalated, one thing led to another and suddenly American patriots found themselves at war with their mother country. Even with the conflict, there were citizens who believed England would give into the colonies' demands for representation. Others wanted complete independence. Regardless, those who spoke for the colonies knew it had to be a united eff

Chapter 25 - Mastering Audio

June is, among other things, Audiobook month. We have a lot of customers who enjoy audiobooks and come in on a regular basis to see what we have new on CDs for them to listen to. Audiobooks are great for long trips, cleaning house, walking or running, or doing really any number of activities where you can't sit down and read a book in the traditional sense. We have teamed up with Libro.fm, a great audiobook company who is giving Amazon-owned Audible a run for its money. Libro.fm's deal is that they give money back to independent bookstores. They have pretty much the same program as Audible except they pay publishers fairly and support independents. Here are some books I have listened to

Chapter 24 - Another Summer

As we've already noted, summer is a super time to catch up on all your reading. Longer days just promote sitting outside, soaking up the sun and enjoying reading outside. Relaxing in a hammock, a beach chair or lounge chair, with a cold drink beside you, is a version of heaven in my book! Here are some more really good reads for those long summer days where you just want to be spirited away from all the strangeness that is currently our world. These are books which either have just recently come out in paperback or have been recently published in paperback. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert - Every one knows Elizabeth Gilbert from her memoir Eat, Pray, Love but she is also a terrific nov

Chapter 23 - Alaska

I am a firm believer of not banning books. Sure there are books children shouldn't read because of mature content but by the time a child becomes a teenager they have probably been exposed to more topics than many adults via movies and music. So is a banned book a bad book? When I think of bad I think poorly written rather than content. Books which have subject matter I don't enjoy or agree with, I simply don't read - that is our right, privilege, and choice as readers. An Alaskan school board recently recommended a ban on 5 books from elective high school classes. These books would not only be eliminated from the curriculum but also would not be stocked in school libraries. The propose

Chapter 22 - 28 Summers

This is the time of year where many of us are planning out our beach reads. Beach reads are easy, lighter (in content) books that are perfect for reading on the beach, at the pool, or sitting on your back porch. Normally you don't have to think too hard about characters or plot with a beach read although sometimes the author sneaks things in that you end up mulling over. Here are some authors whose books are released this time of year and always seem to fit into the "good beach read" category. Elin Hilderbrand - Last summer Hilderbrand gave us Summer of '69 which was a terrific read with about a family living through all the things going on that summer - Chappaquiddick, Woodstock, and Viet



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