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OP, first, calm down. No need to be disturbed because It's not that deep. Some people here are not willing to admit it but the Bible is not the most exciting read. But there are things you can do to make it easier to manage:
1) Which version of the Bible are you using? King James Version (KJV)? Revised Standard Version (RSV)? The New International Version (NIV)? Some may not think it matters but it does. In my opinion, KJV is very difficult to get through because, although it's a literal translation, it uses outdated English that no one uses in regular conversation, let alone normally reads. The NIV was specifically created to use modern-day English, makes the lessons and stories in the Bible easier to understand, and remains close to the original translation.
2) Try one chapter a day/ a week/ every two weeks instead of multiple in one sitting. It may take longer to get through the Bible in its entirety but doing one chapter a week, I think, keeps you more focused. It's easier to maintain your attention if you know you're only dedicating 30 minutes a week vs 2 hours.
3) Consider buying a bible study guide. There are so many on the market (e.g. 52-week guide, men's guide, women's guide, teen's guide, young children's guide, etc.). These guides were specifically made to help a reader interpret and understand the bible a lot better, and understand the meaning and lessons behind stories they may have otherwise missed. If you have a bible guide with you, it may make the reading more enjoyable and engaging.
4) Journaling. You might want to consider using this method to record your own personal thoughts and feelings about each chapter you read. How you feel about the bible now versus 10 years from now when you see your past journal entries can be eye-opening, especially when we encounter different life experiences and challenges. It makes you more personally invested. If you do the journaling and study guide,
I would recommend reading the bible chapter, journaling, and then reading the guide so you can record your "raw" interpretation and see how close you were to the guide's explanation.
Hope this helps. Good luck.