A number of years ago I decided to follow one of those "read through the Bible in a year" plans. It took me two and a half years! For me it wasn't that I forgot to read it. It was more that I had difficulty not studying it. (It takes a lot longer to cross-reference thoughts and stories than it does to just read through the stuff.) My experience has been that when I allowed myself the freedom to "surf" the Bible, it became alive to me -- even if I missed the artificial deadline.
I've now been practicing a daily time of scripture and prayer for around 18 years now. Early on I decided that it's not about getting through the Bible, but about reading in the Bible. So, I'm not so concerned about reading through the Bible this year; I've decided to read in the Bible everyday for the rest of my life. No, I don't do it everyday, but I do it almost every day. And I love my experience in Scripture so much that I want to pass along the pattern that I've found to be sustainable and energizing:
FOUR CHAPTERS A DAY
Think of the Bible as four sections, and read one chapter a day from each section.When you get to the end of a section, start over at the beginning of that section, and keep on going in the other sections.
1. WORSHIP & WISDOM: Psalms to Ecclesiastes. Let these chapters lead you in worship and guide you with wisdom. You’ll read through this section once every seven months.
2. STORY OF GOD & HIS PEOPLE: Genesis to Malachi. Read the stories of God and his people, leading up to Christ. You’ll read through this section once every two years.
3. STORY OF JESUS & HIS CHURCH: Matthew to Acts. Read the stories of Jesus and his Church. You’ll read through this section three times a year.
4. LETTERS TO THE CHURCH: Romans to Revelation. Learn from the apostles about how to live out our faith. You’ll read through this section two times a year.
May God meet with you, and grant you wisdom and discernment through your investment in knowing him.