It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to see that the Bible is on my book of recommended reads! But in English there are dozens of well-known translations and it can be down to personal preference as to whether to go for the first English translation, the King James Version (KJV) or something written in more modern English. One of the most faithful, modern and accessible translations is the New International Version (NIV) but I also love The Message translation, which endeavours to phrase the Bible more colloquially without losing the original text. This Study Bible has both these translations side by side and also helpful notes on the text to help you get the most out of understanding the passage.
As an example of the text, here is the sixteenth verse of the book of John chapter three:
NIV: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
The Message: "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life."