I started taking a class a few weeks ago. I'll be going through Acts - Revelation in 10 weeks.
Oh, my goodness!
At the beginning of each week, my professor asks us to read one or two books of the New Testament in one sitting.
Intentionally, I have read them in the New Living Translation because I rarely use it and it's easy to read. It helps me to avoid jumping in with all my preconceived notions when its in language that is a slightly different from how I usually read it. I have been pleasantly surprised at what I have discovered by doing this. Themes jump out that I haven't noticed before. Change of mood is more easily discerned. I think I will continue to do this when I sign up for a Bible Study class at church. If I lead a study again, I will ask those taking the class to do this. I really think it gives insight that doesn't occur a few verses or a chapter at a time.
Gotta get back to Romans and Paul and Greeks.... :)