I’ve found that when I’ve been reading a dharma book like an anthology of sutras or the dhamma talks of a teacher, I adopted some very different habits. It’s like reading itself becomes a meditative endeavour, it becomes slower, and I remember more. I think about it more as well as I read.
I used to read a lot of science fiction, and I had gotten into the habit of reading quite quickly and sometimes skip-reading, and I am finding that after some years of reading almost exclusively dharma books I recently picked up The Lord of the Rings in order to re-read it, and i was reading it like a dharma book! Fascinating.