Travel guide, romance, thriller, or murder mystery? The best beach books for Myrtle Beach are the ones that tell you about the area and entertain you as well. As a writer and a former
English teacher, I have a natural affinity for books. Even with the rise of the web and its vast amount of information, I still find myself going to bookstores and browsing the shelves for local guides, novels, or legends and lore. Of course, today I can also download whole books from the web onto my phone or reader, so I always have my favorite reads with me.
When I first went looking for books about Myrtle Beach, I didn’t find a lot of them. There are several guides and histories of the area, but I soon realized that you’ll sometimes have to purchase books about the whole state in order to get Myrtle Beach information. So I thought as a service (and an excuse to indulge in book buying) I’d start a book review page here at Love Myrtle Beach.
This will be an ongoing project, and I hope collaboration, as we look for titles that tell us more about Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, as well as local novels and maybe even some ghost stories. I’ll have some book reviews and recommendations, and I invite you to add selections that you find, whether they are digital versions or old fashioned paperbound.
So find a comfy chair or stretch out on a beach towel and get ready for a good read. We have our own little book club going here and everyone can have a say.
If you've read a book we haven't included and you want to write your own Best Beach Books review, scroll to the link below, or scroll to the bottom and leave me a note in the comments section. Either way, I'd love to hear from you.
Planters Pirates and Patriots
by Rod Gragg
If you want to know more about the history of Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, look no further than this book. An enjoyable and easy read, Planters Pirates and Patriots is a rich tapestry of historical information that helps us better understand the region in which we live. Read the sad tale of the Beauty who disappeared, and the terror of ... read more ...
Lost Myrtle Beach
by Becky Billingsley
I went looking for a Myrtle Beach history and got Lost. This book about the things that were, but are no longer here, makes you want to go see the sites if not the sights. For instance, there was once a theme park that featured a sort of Salem Witch Trials near … read more …
Ghosts of Georgetown
by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger (Wolf)
This lady is no stranger to ghosts, spirits and things that go bump in the night. Elizabeth is the author of four books and owner/operator of the Ghosts of Georgetown guided tours. In her first book, she tells the tales of the architect of Old Gunn Church who fell to his death from the unfinished bell tower and who still haunts … read more …
More Tales of the South Carolina Low Country
by Nancy Rhyne
Award winning author and folklorist Nancy Rhyne has been collecting and retelling tales of South Carolina for over 30 years. This book includes some local stories such as Alice Flagg of the Hermitage in Murrells Inlet and the legend of the Gray Man of Pawley's Island. Nancy weaves her tales with the magic of a natural storyteller who ... read more ...
Off the Beaten Path South Carolina
by William Price Fox & Lee Davis Perry
One of the traditional guide book formats, this 1996 book has been revised and updated several times. Unfortunately, the editing didn’t keep up with the updates. The book’s organization appears to be geographical, but then it tends … read more ...
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