Inside The Bible: A Guide to Understanding Each Book of the Bible
This book is a popular introduction to each of the 73 books of the Bible designed to help the reader grow in the knowledge and love of God's Word. The introduction to each book includes the time frame and author, the theme, a summary of the contents and some comments about the context in which it was written, the theology of the book, an outline, and a prayer taken from the book. Fr. Baker provides quick access to essential information the daily or occasional reader of sacred scripture should find helpful.
The book may also be of help to more advanced students who wish to refresh their memory of a particular book of the Bible. By carefully reading Inside the Bible one can have a thumbnail summary of each book of the Bible at his fingertips.
"Many Catholics revere the Bible without reading it. They find themselves paralyzed, not knowing where to start reading. Fr. Kenneth Baker comes to the rescue. In brief synopses of the 73 books he guides new readers through the threshold and shows them how they can move forward on their own.
Fr. Kenneth Baker
Softcover Book, 373 pgs
I guess you could read this book one of two ways. Either all in one go, or to read the pertinent chapter right before you begin that book of the Bible. Whichever you decide, it's an excellent aid to understanding the writers with a little more depth to those commentaries you usually find preceding each book of the Bible.