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 30 - A Course in Miracles

On the days we don't go to the beach (high tide, possible rain) I take Boh, my schipperke mix, to the lovely park about a 5 minute drive from my house. We spent a lot of time there this year when the beach was closed to public access and we had to stay home. It is free, clean, and beautiful. I am always surprised at what I find there. While I could put on headphones and listen to libro.fm stories as we walk, I do not. That would cause me to miss all the daily miracles I see during our stroll. Boh is extremely accommodating when I stop to take a picture as I am when he stops to send pmail. Even at 6:30 in the morning there are a number of people who show up for an early morning walk. Th

Chaper 29 - Quick and Dirty

I talked about big books last week and while I liken them to big juicy steaks, sometimes you just want to read quick and dirty books. This smaller books are what I call "potato chip" because they are books you can snack on. Generally they have uncomplicated plots, fast action, and heroes or heroines that save the day. They are also books that take no time at all to read and can be finished in a day or two - perfect if you are on vacation. Here are some authors who write quick and dirty books you might enjoy. Janet Evanovich - My two favorite series by Evanovich are the Stephanie Plum series which starts with One for the Dough, and the Fox and O'Hare series with The Heist being the first o

Chapter 28 - Big Summer

We have a shelf sitter at the store which reads "I like big books and I cannot lie." and summer, to me, just sings for large books. In the past I have taken the opportunity to read books as varied as David McCullough's John Adams to Tolstoy's Anna Karenina to John Steinbeck's East of Eden. All three are over 500 pages long and are definitely books to savor. Big books are books to lounge with, sitting by the pool, on the porch, or at the beach. Here are some I have read lately which fit into the big summer book genre for me. City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty - This book was suggested by my youngest daughter and while a Young Adult book, it is a wonderful story of an Egyptian con artist at t

Chapter 27 - The Staycation

Many of us will not be going on vacation or at least, not going very far as we are still under COVID-19 restrictions and watch. That doesn't mean we can't take trips via books and often that is the best way to travel as you learn so much about the different places you read about. You can even time travel if you want! In the past my adult vacations have taken me to England, Scotland, Ireland, New York, New Hampshire, the United Arab Emirates, DisneyWorld, California and a number of other places. That's just not going to happen this year so I'll have to get my travel out in a different way. Here are some books that will take you away for a while. That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo - I fir



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