So I started the Monuments Men by Robert Edsel...I am about 7% in (I LOVE this feature of reading on a kindle app...it tells you how far along you are in pages and percentage!). At first I was concerned I wouldn't get into it because it reads better than a textbook, but not really like a novel either. It's odd. But I decided to push through the first chapter and I am really enjoying it. It's super interesting.
Like...I may be putting myself out there as a history fool but I didn't realize that Hitler was SO SO SO obsessed with artwork. I didn't realize that he got denied into an art school, and it made him obsessed with proving them wrong. He had a room-sized replica of what he wanted to build to display all the artwork he collected and his goal would be to one day be able to sit and eat lunch and have his dog by him and be able to look at his favorite art pieces whenever he felt like it (not a bad goal, sounds great...I just am not up for killing thousands of people to get there).
So far the story is really just setting up the scene. Hitlers obsession with art, the art professional's game plans in how to protect it, etc. We haven't gotten to the Monuments Men quite yet, but are getting there.
I'm so glad I'm in a reading phase right now. I go through reading phases and not reading phases. Reading really makes me think about things a lot. And I swear it makes me a bigger dreamer. I always finish reading and feel like I have more ideas for my life. No matter what the subject. What a great thing!