Let's clear one thing up: Introverts do not hate small talk because we dislike people. We hate small talk because we hate the barrier it creates between people.
I am rarely bored alone; I am often bored in groups and crowds.
Though introverts are drained by interaction, we can take immense pleasure in watching the scene around us.
This is why it is sometimes hard for introverts to find words: we really hate to compromise, and words are always a compromise.
Reading is like travel, allowing you to exit your own life for a bit, and to come back with a renewed, even inspired, perspective.
A good rule of thumb is that any environment that consistently leaves you feeling bad about who you are is the wrong environment.