Get yourself a big cup of hot chocolate, a fold out chair, and open your Bible to Genesis 1:1.That is a hard question. Hopefully this will help you!
First off the Bible is a collection of books. 66 books in the protestant version. 39 Old testament and 27 New testament. There are books and programs for a daily reading, some designed to read the Bible from cover to cover in a year! Also you can start by chosing a book and studying it. There are also study bibles which are of a great help. As for a simple start trying Genesis in the OT and pick any of the 4 Gospels in the NT. I would suggest Luke followed by acts. I hope this helps!
No matter how or where you start, always begin with prayer in a quiet place. Do not read it like a novel, but meditate on the words, each one. You'll be amazed what you'll learn. Read it to understand what its trying to convey. Don't rush through it like a speed reading contest You'll be richly rewarded by the Holy Spirit. When you want to get in the weeds on some of the words and phrases, get the free program from http://www.theword.net It has all versions including paleo-Hebrew (ancient) dictionary.I've always wanted to read the bible from start to finish, but have yet to accomplish this. What are good ways to motivate myself to start, have a better understanding of it, and apply it's teachings to life?