When I found I wanted to read the scriptures for myself, I had a hard time reading The New World Translation. It seemed I already knew what everything meant in a way that was distracting me from the story. That's how I found "The Message". The Message translation isn't good for studying the scriptures as it's not a literal translation. However, it was more like sitting down to read a novel given to us from God."Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle."
I find these days that I love getting the daily text from the YouVersion app on my iPhone and iPad, and I use The Message version. It replaces the daily text of the Watchtower, and thus I appreciate that it's a paraphrase of scripture.
I've also used their read the bible in 90 days plan several years in a row.
Let me know if you want to be 'friends' on YouVersion! I thought I'd share the verse of the day with all the new friends I hope to meet here!