I actually hated reading the Bible up untill 10 or 12 years ago. The problem was that I believed what the JW's taught and it didn't set well with me at all. After casting of that belief I have found reading and researching the Bible to be fascinating. I have about 10 different translations and comparing the readings from all of them yields some very surprising results. My favorite is the Companion Bible. The footnotes in the CB will really open your eyes. It was compiled by E.W. Bullinger, one of the most renowned bible scholers of the past century. The text is the KJV but it's the footnotes that are amazing. It's available online as a free download (sorry, don't have the link) but you should be able to find it by just entering Companion Bible download.