I find whatever I'm reading "leaks" into everyday life. When I was reading (and rereading) the Wheel of Time series, I thought a lot about the Aiel and Ji'e'Toh.
When I read Infinite Jest, I thought a lot about wheelchair assassins, addiction, and tennis.
And fame; and eschaton; and the PGOAT.
The Pale King is on my list this year - I will probably tackle it in the fall after I read Neal Stephenson's Reamde.
Series are the same way - when we were watching The Wire, I thought a lot about being a homicide detective or dealing heroin and how I could be totally great at either of them.
So I tend to think about what I'm reading/watching and it colors my world.
Lately I've been rereading the Game of Thrones and watching Dexter.
My thoughts have been blood red.
I recommend both activities.