Welcome Kate, and I am sorry to hear of the circumstances which brought you to this site...I can relate to reading..with so many books available you can't go wrong. I've made reading one of my primary ways to get by, because it is nice to use my imagination and also because I am a very conservative and 'solo' kind of girl too.. I am looking for good books to start reading soon. I love mystery and fiction best.
Otherwise I also write, and find it very cathartic and face it, you can write whatever you want and no one can limit your imagination! I hope you can overcome other people's doubts about your own ability to succeed. I feel the same about becoming a writer/poet, and used to write alot but lost interest because I don't want publicity really. Now I just write in a journal.