For study I like translations like the NRSV and the ESV. For daily devotional reading I like the King James Version.
But for the bible study out at the prison I like the New Living Translation.
The NLT is my go-to translation whenever I'm doing any public reading of the bible. Read aloud, the NLT is fresh, clear and dramatic. That was one of the goals of the NLT, it was meant to be read aloud. And from my experience, the NLT delivers on that score.
So this is a picture of my prison bible. My NLT with a blue leather cover.