For reading the bible I'd start at Matthew the Mark, like and John. Ask for a beginner's devotional guide starting in the the books mentioned. The study guides give you a bit to read and think about then normally a short prayer. Translations of bible vary. For a beginner the new international version or NLT are both good.
Tom Wright has written a series of books where he goes through a book of the bible giving commentaries, background and things to think about. They are called 'name of book' for Everyone. Start with the gospels. Mark is the shortest and was written first. Luke and Matthew were written next and John last and you could read them in that order. Or not but start with the gospels and not the OT.
The life application one recommended by nottakenpersonally is fantastic! I got given that when I was confirmed a few years back and I love it.
Also it's a bit controversial but perhaps Rob Lacey's "The word on the street" is an interesting version and I personally found it easy to get into which then made it easier to delve into a proper version.