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 35 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

I have mentioned before that for me summer is a better time to read psychological thrillers or scarier books. If I am on the beach or sitting by the pool, the darkness of a book doesn't seem so dark in the summer sunshine. I always have to intersperse this kind of book with lighter reads as well. (But I do that with World War II fiction too!) This year, some of the best thriller writers have come out with new books which I have just gobbled up. They are fast reads and just perfect for a day in the sun. Here are some I've enjoyed this summer. His and Hers by Alice Feeney - The author of Sometimes I Lie and I Know Who You Are has come up with another twisty tale. There is a murder, an in

Chapter 34 - Low Country Summer

As I write this we are waiting for a tropical storm to arrive. This morning was extremely hot and humid as Boh and I went for a park walk (high tide at the beach). As I walked I thought about all the books I know that take place in the South where location and climate can be their own characters. Certainly COVID-19 has made us short-tempered and, in many cases, stationary but there is nothing like a hot and humid day or week that creates ill tempered people and dirty deeds. Here are some books where the hot and humid environment plays a role in the telling of the story. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward - A study of three generations in a black/bi-racial family as the youngest, JoJo tri

Chapter 33 - Something New

There are some really good books which have been released this summer and, as I've already told you, I love new books. While we can't necessarily go to any fun events or over-socialize, we can read some of the terrific books which have just been published. Here are a few I've enjoyed this summer. The Woman Before Wallis: A Novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and Royal Scandal by Bryn Turnbull - As you know I love historical fiction and this is one of the better ones I've read recently. In 1926 Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness and shortly thereafter catches the eye of Edward, Prince of Wales. Their affair goes on for several years, their love is threatened when Thelma’s sister, Glor

Chapter 32 - The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Another book which was at the top of best selling books this year was The Tattooist of Auschwitz. It was an interesting, novelized account of a true story based on interviews conducted by Heather Morris, the author. To me the book reads like a series of interviews and, for my part, I think there have been many other World War II stories which are better written. If you liked The Tattoist of Auschwitz, here are some other selections you might try. The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes - This work of fiction is based on a true story. Izabela, a Czech farm girl and Bill, a prisoner of war have secretly married and are on the run from the Nazis. Izabela, dressed as a man, is mistaken for a P

Chapter 31 - The Accidental Bestseller

In late July Publisher's Weekly, a well respected book industry magazine, published the bestselling books so far in 2020. You can find the article here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/83894-bestselling-books-of-2020-so-far.html As you all know I love new books so I was surprised to see that some of the bestsellers so far this year were not new. I suspect that COVID-19 is giving people the chance to catch on their reading! I was also happy to see that I have read quite a few of them. Here is my take on the year to date bestsellers I've read and recommend. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - Crawdads was published in August, 2018 and I pu



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