The best way to take reading to the next level is to dive right into the culture. I am currently reading Nashville Chrome by Rick Bass, the story of the sibling singing sensation The Browns who rose to stardom during the 1950s and 60s. Having never listened to their music, a quick You Tube search provided me with videos to hear the sound described in the book and see them perform. A little online research into the time period represented in your book can enhance your reading experience by strengthening your understanding of past or unfamiliar cultures.
Whether you try a new food item, explore a different country through photographs, listen to music or watch a movie involving the characters, embrace the opportunity to connect the senses (smell, touch, hear, see, taste) to the story and benefit from your new knowledge!
About Nashville Chrome from amazon.com): In 1959, the Brown siblings were the biggest thing in country music. Their inimitable harmony would give rise to the polished sound of the multibillion dollar country-music industry we know today. But when the bonds of family began to fray, the flame of their celebrity proved as brilliant as it was fleeting. Masterfully jumping between the Browns' once-auspicious past and the heartbreaking present, Nashville Chrome is the richly imagined story of a forgotten family and an unflinching portrait of an era in American music. In his "breath-catching, mythic and profoundly American tale of creation, destruction and renewal" (Kansas City Star), Rick Bass mines quiet truths and draws poignant portraits of lives lived both in and out of the limelight.