I definitely go in spurts with reading (I tend to read more in summer (by the pool) and winter (when it's too cold to leave the house), but I've found one thing that has helped me remain consistent with reading: reading good books.
There's nothing worse than trying to power through a book that is super boring -- in fact, I usually give myself permission to give up on it if it doesn't hook me within the first 100 pages or so.
In order to always have good books to read, I've developed a proactive approach that has worked so well for me!
1. I Utilize My Library's Online Request System
My library is in a county that is connected to lots of other libraries, which means there are more books available than what is currently on the shelves of our local branch. Once I request a book, my library either pulls it off the shelf and puts it on my "requests" shelf, or if they don't have it in stock, they will have it sent from another library in the county. This is SO slick, because I never have to travel further than down the street to my local library to pick up new books.
It's also important to point out that I always have about 30 books on request at one time; this way I always have new books coming in and therefore am never without a new book to read. Sometimes when I request a book, I'm first in line but other times I'm #32 in line (especially if it's a popular book). By having many requests out at once, the books keep shuffling through the line until it's my turn.
2. I'm Always on the Lookout for New Books
I visit bookstores often and snap photos of books I'm interested in and then request them from the library. I'll also take screenshots on my phone if I see a book that sounds interesting on a blog or social media.
3. I Read Both Traditional Books and eBooks
My library offers ebooks and audiobooks in addition to traditional printed books. This makes it so easy to download books directly onto my iPad and then all I have to do is click "return" to send them back! By being open to both ebooks and audiobooks, I'm able to get some titles sooner than I would if I had waited for the printed version to become available. I definitely utilize ebooks more than audiobooks, but once in awhile I enjoy an audiobook for my commute -- I'm more of a visual learner than an auditory one, so sometimes it's a challenge for me to stay focused on audiobooks.
Now, I will say that sometimes this plan backfires on me, and I'll have multiple books that were on hold all come in at once, but I can usually power through and read them within the month, and if not, I'll just renew them for another three weeks.
Do you use your local library?
Where do you find new books to read?