Your friend made an excellent recommendation. Proverbs is great.
However, you should read it from begining to end, at least once. It will take at least a year to read it that way.
Read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to start with in the New Testament. Then start reading from Genesis, onward.
Explore different parts of the Bible. Hey, and don't forget to include God in this (its His Book you know). He might have a specific part for you to read that applies to you. Pray before opening the Bible and ask Him to show you something He thinks you need to know. Then open the Bible and start reading the first thing your eyes go to. I've gotten so much direction in my life from doing that its awesome.
I recommend a Bible study ministry. Here an excellent one online:
· 1 decade ago