My Real Name is Hanna
Tara Lynn Masih
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Would I recommend: Yes.
I was given a free copy of this book from Netgalley – so thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
My Real Name Is Hanna is about a young girl named Hanna, who is fourteen, and her family in the midst of WWII. Living in Ukraine, their land becomes overwhelmed with the Gestapo and they go from a normal Jewish family to one that must be on the run in order to save their own lives. From hiding in the forest, sending secret messages on trees, to living in a cave – Hanna learns the cruelty of humans, how to survive on little-to-nothing, and to never forget how important hope, family, and love are to the human spirit.
This was a great story. I typically seek out books around WWII, the holocaust, and other related matter as they are all such important stories that we cannot forget. While this is a fictional story, it is based on real events and Tara Lynn Masih does a great job at making you feel a lot of the same things Hanna and her family must go through. However, there will never be a way to fully understand the fear, hunger, despair, and the fight for one’s life that millions of people experienced during this time.
I enjoyed the “coming of age” piece of Hanna in this story especially with such a complex world happening around her at the same time. While I didn’t feel as many things for Hanna’s siblings in this story, I did love the depth that was played out with Abram (her father) and Eva (her mother). I also enjoyed Hanna’s friendship with her non-Jewish neighbor which wraps around by the end of the story, too.
The pieces I didn’t enjoy as much were the parts of the story that were very slow-paced regarding the location-at-the-time the family was living in – whether the small cabin or the cave. While I can understand and appreciate the need to slow down and really hone in on life in these conditions, there were times that it got sluggish for my style of reading. It didn’t always become relevant what was happening, either, but did bring out some great flashback stories or showcased the relationships Hanna experienced in her life.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed this story and witnessing Hanna’s growth into adulthood as someone living in such a horrendous and difficult time in history. Despite the few small, personal things I may have not adored about this book, it was an overall wonderful and important read as are many books around this historical time.
- Have you read this book? Thoughts?
- Do you enjoy WWII or historical fiction books?
As I was cleaning many-a-things in my life recently I was sorting through my books and I realized the time has come for some sort of unhaul. Granted, most of these are school-related. However, I thought that getting rid of SOME books is better than not getting rid of any (and that idea used to make me feel too guilty at all).
I’d like to do the normal disclaimer of “don’t be offended if you see a book you like” but honestly I just don’t want these books on my shelves. Many, even the school ones, I enjoyed, but will never pick up again so they gotta go. Let’s go.
- Desperation by Stephen King
- House by Frank Peretti & Ted Dekker
- Our Mothers’ War by Emily Yellin
- To Tell the Truth Freely by Mia Bay
- The American Promise by a variety of authors
- Teenagers by Grace Palladino
- A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition by Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane
- The Witchcraft Sourcebook by Brian P. Levack
- The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich
- Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
- A Fierce Discontent by Michael McGerr
- Byron’s Poetry selected and edited by Frank D. McConnell
- America’s Women by Gail Collins
- The Host by Stephenie Meyer
- Torment by Lauren Kate
- That Summer by Sarah Dessen
- Wicked by Gregory Macguire
- Deception Point by Dan Brown
- Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
- Christine by Stephen King
- Asylum by Madeleine Roux
- Velocity by Dean Koontz
- Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche
- Blood Game by Iris Johansen
Phew. I feel better. It’s a little cleansing, you know?
Ok, if anyone is even still around after over a year of forgetting to blog then I thank you deeply. On another note, I decided to stop being a dummy and utilize this page for all of the plans I have ahead of myself – many of which surround books and bookish related things.
While I’m not a fan of “New Year’s Resolutions”, I have had a lot of changes in my life the last year that are jolting me out of the not-so-great places I was in mentally and emotionally. I’ve been gaining the motivation to get back on track with being active in the world and re-exploring all of the things I love and that truly make me who I am.
With that in mind it is going to be back to reading books, blogging, and I have the most extreme desire to start a Booktube channel. Let’s see where this next adventure in life takes me. Can’t wait to share books, stories, and life with everyone!
It’s been such a long time since I’ve been on this site (apparently it’s been 7 months). How embarrassing. To be fair I work two jobs that usually results in 80-90 hours a week and I had started my first semester (with 14 oober fun credits) of online school which left me with around 45 minutes a night of sleep. There was no time to do anything including the one thing I love the most: read.
I have been a mess when it comes to following through with this blog. At the start of September I really kicked my own butt and decided to get it together…for the books!
I have a confession: I am obsessed with buying books. I have a rather large amount of thrift stores (Goodwill, Savers, etc) in my close proximity and it causes a huge problem when I get that itch to hunt down a book. The thrill of finding a book for $1-$3 has become an obsession over the past few months. So, to begin again with this blog I have decided to make this the first post about my September Book Haul.