I am redoing my Lectio Divina on St. Thomas Aquinas based on the input generated during one of my naps (I take two naps a day, one in the morning and one in the middle afternoon).
I read Mortimer Adler’s book, How to Read a Book, while in College (c. 1958-62). What is remarkable is not that I read the book, but that I can remember it. In that book, Dr. Adler puts forward some ways to read a book, such as hopping from front to back, reading one page at a sitting, then coming back and rereading it. His thoughts generated some ways to read spiritual reading, as distinguished from Lectio (one phrase at a time in meditation, prayer, maybe leading to contemplation. Here are some steps I now use when I do a spiritual reading of any kind.
This is similar to someone who learns to play the piano. You need lessons (at least I did). You learn the notes and the language of the piano. You practice for proficiency. You practice more, but this time for interpretation. You practice even more that you enter into the mind and heart of the author to express what they thought about the composition. So it is with spiritual reading. You read the author, in this case, quotes from St. Thomas Aquinas, but what inspires that author is God’s overshadowing. That is what you seek in spiritual reading.
Now try it for yourself.