Start with the easy stuff first.(Comic books dont count). Try a collection of short stories,or a novella. These will provide an easy flow so that you can train yourself to pay attention for longer and longer periods. Then move onto stuff that’s a bit more heavy like a thin novel or an autobiography. You also need to start understanding where your interests lie. Does horror or fantasy or science fiction fascinate you?Maybe self help or humor is your genre. I personally prefer psychological thrillers of the mind games variety as well as chick lit. Also check out Goodreads.com which features hundreds of book recommendations and book lists categorized according to genre. On there you can also search for some of the greatest books written in the last century and for current and past bestsellers. You could also check out book reviews of other readers. Amazon is another website with recommendations and reviews. When reading, try to eliminate as many distractions as you can in your surroundings. Choose a quiet spot in a corner of a room, a library , a bench outside, or underneath a tree…. sometimes even the surroundings your in, can inspire you. Listen, there’s very few things in this world more important than reading great books from great people. I actually have a hard time believing that young people aren’t told this more often, but here it goes: read! Go to the library, it’s free. Gather as much knowledge as you can on a variety of topics: politics, religion, philosophy, science, art, literature—it goes on and on forever. Learn to write. Learn to speak persuasively. You have no idea how powerful you can be if you learn these things and master them. There’s nothing more amazing than someone who has a seemingly unlimited access of knowledge without having to look anything up.
But, you know, don’t waste your time in-doors all day everyday when you can be socializing with friends. This is especially true if you have social anxiety: you ought to practice talking to people, engage in conversations and debates, don’t feel threatened to hear things which challenge your own presuppositions. If anything, pay attention. Learn to seriously—and I mean seriously—pay attention to people when they’re talking to you, because more often than not those people know something you don’t, and you need to figure out what that something is. As a bonus, almost any person will instantly like you for paying attention to them. Hardly anyone does nowadays. Bookworms survive primarily through digesting literature rather than a less selective array of media. They view it as sustenance—not mere diversion, though enjoyment is oftentimes a central feature nevertheless. And thirdly, they have not yet grown into a book butterfly. The impending time spent away from books and stuck in a chrysalis means many books must first be ingested and they must approach a stage of growth where metamorphosing is supported and appropriate. When I was a kid, I hated reading. I despised the fact that the teacher would send us home with little kid books and we’d have to read the whole thing for homework. Sure, they were twenty pages or less, but when that time in the evening rolled around, the one where my mom would fetch the book from my backpack and sing, “It’s reading time!”, I would just about cry with frustration. So one day, I realized something. I couldn’t not read the assigned material, but if I read it really fast, it would be over sooner. In essence, without realizing exactly what I was doing, I taught myself to speed read over the next few years. During my speed reading practice, I found myself having to really concentrate on the words I was reading and the context behind them, and the stories they told began to become more interesting. I don’t remember exactly when the switch was flipped, but I began wanting to read. I wanted to consume as many stories as I possibly could. Most of the time, if I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about how much I’d rather be reading. I craved it, like an addict craves his poison of choice.