I think I was one of the exceptions!
I knew CO's who could quote Wt texts, page and line, but almost never really used the Bible. Many witnesses would have gladly gone in 'service' having forgotten thier Bible at home - but would never have gone out without literature to place.
I actually did try to learn more of the Bible and since the WT told us that they had all we needed, then I looked through the WT for deepening my knowledge. Consequently I couldn't stand the Awake! - it just sent me to sleep! But the WT would be read from cover to cover - well, almost! I guess, 'cos I didn't appreciate the introductory artcle.
I would never go in service without a Bible.
I guess looking back that all paved the way for me being receptive to learning more of the truth about "The Troof".
Like others who've posted on this thread, it's been post-borg that I've learned so much about the Bible. I often sit and shake my head in amazement at how captive to the husks of the Word we were.
BTW how's it going over your side of the pond? I hop all's well with your family.