I've started to do this thing where I read a book, then I reflect...think about it for a while...about the characters, their environments, the parts that I stick in my mind the most. I then write a little blurb about the it and do a watercolor sketch, too. It's generally a reoccurring vision that I have about the story, something that I keep thinking about whenever I reflect back on the it and it's characters. I feel like when I perform this new found ritual, I am closer to the story...that somehow, by recording and writing and sketching, it becomes a part of me and my history, my world, my story. And I really like that.
For the book that I just finished a couple weeks ago, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, a folding chair is all I'm left thinking of. I can't tell you why, though, you'll have to find out for yourself!
Looks for more of these little "reflection" sketches in the future. I doubt my appetite for reading and sketching will subside anytime soon!