The Read More! Reading Challenge suggestions for the month of October are to read a book that takes place in the past or to read a book that scares you!

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Memphis - Tara M. Stringfellow

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow

Domestic fiction; Family sagas; Multiple perspectives

Told over the course of 70 years, this spellbinding debut novel traces three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter, who, channeling her rage into art, discovers with the power of her paintbrush, she can change her family’s legacy.

Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Historical fiction; Relationship fiction; Satirical fiction

In the early 1960s, chemist and single mother Elizabeth Zott, the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show due to her revolutionary skills in the kitchen, uses this opportunity to dare women to change the status quo.

Violeta - Isabel Allende

Violeta by Isabel Allende

Historical fiction; Letters

Living out her days in a remote part of her South American homeland, Violeta finds her life shaped by some of the most important events of history as she tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others.

Black Cake by Chermaine Wilkerson

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Love stories; Relationship fiction

Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny: a traditional Caribbean black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history, and a voice recording. In her message, Eleanor shares a tumultuous story about a headstrong young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder. Can Byron and Benny reclaim their once-close relationship, piece together Eleanor’s true history, and fulfill her final request to ‘share the black cake when the time is right’?

Sundial Catriona Ward

Sundial by Catriona Ward

Horror: Psychological suspense

All Rob wanted was a normal life. She almost got it, too: a husband, two kids, and a nice house in the suburbs. Far from her childhood home, Sundial, hidden deep in the wild Mojave Desert. But beneath the veneer, Rob is terrified for her oldest daughter, Callie, who collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. Rob sees a darkness in Callie, one that reminds her too much of the family she left behind. Running from her past has led her directly back to it — what’s buried at Sundial could never stay a secret forever, and Rob must risk one last trip out there to protect her family, and her future

The Hacienda Isabel Canas

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

Gothic fiction; Historical fiction

In the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence and the execution of her father, Beatriz accepts Don Rodolfo Solorzano’s proposal of marriage and is whisked away to his remote country estate where she is faced with a malevolent presence linked to his first wife’s death.

The Fervor Alma Katsu

The Fervor by Alma Katsu

Historical horror; Multiple perspectives

In 1944, Meiko Briggs and her daughter, Aiko, held in an internment camp in the Midwest, discover a mysterious disease spreading among the interned is linked to a demon from the stories of Meiko’s childhood, hellbent on infiltrating their already strange world.

The Children on the Hill - Jennifer McMahon

The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon

Horror; Parallel narratives

When Lizzy Shelley, the host of the popular podcast Monsters Among Us, arrives in Vermont, where a kidnapping and monster sighting has sent the town into a frenzy, she is determined to hunt it down because it could be her very own sister.