An excellent Bible I recommend for simple reading is The Books of the Bible. This Bible eliminates all in-text footnotes, cross-references, subject headings and study notes and even does away with chapters and verses so the Bible can be read the way it was written--as whole documents in particular genres. (It does include short but excellent book introductions that help to orient you to the purpose of the book and its major themes.)
I've also written about Bible reading in a few different places.
In 2016, I want to help us approach Bible reading in a regular and repetitive way. To facilitate this, we'll begin with Jesus, in the Gospel of Luke, and read this Gospel over the first two months of the year (January and February). I will preach the morning lessons from this Gospel and our reading. Each week, I will develop a lesson based out of my own reading of the Gospel.
Here's the key--I'm not going to preach sequentially. I'm not going to preach a "series" through Luke. Some lessons may be thematic while others will jump around. I may preach from an early section in Luke and then from the end before circling around to preach from the middle of Luke.
My goal is for you to read along with me as we read Luke together. My encouragement to you is to read at your own pace. If we are going to spend two months in Luke, reading Luke at the pace of one chapter each day will get you through the book twice. If you read at the pace of 3-4 chapters each day, you can read Luke every week. Imagine being able to read and reflect on the themes of Luke 7-8 times over two months!
If this experiment in reading and preaching works well, we will continue this format throughout the year, reading, and hearing preaching and lessons from, entire books of the Bible, as God intended.
So pick out the Bible you want to read from, get a notebook if you want to record your own reflections, and get ready for this journey!