This might sound vague, but I think the question is pretty simple:
If I have never had a habit of reading books in my life (as some people grew up with) and I am now in my twenties, how can I start to develop a book reading habit? I'm smart, I love ideas, and I was an outstanding student in school. But even in school I didn't do much reading.
To be more specific just as an example, let's say I would like to read books on Chinese philosophy, environmentalism, and communitarian architecture (a la Christopher Alexander)...
How can I avoid all the distractions that take me away from reading start to finish? The most successful strategy I've found thus far is to: read the text out loud to myself.