My Book and Content Rating System

Bringing Consistency to My Content Reviews

Kara Monroe


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When I first stumbled across Anne Bogel’s website and bookish empire, I loved the idea that she has created a “reading life”. Over the last few years, I’ve gently grown my own reading life by adding in things like:

  • diversifying and decolonizing my bookshelves
  • drawing inspiration to broaden my reading life through a wide array of reading challenges
  • embracing my library
  • enjoying audio books more
  • sharing as many book recommendations and reviews with people as I can

I’m beginning to think about my 2024 reading life goals. Most important, is I want to consume more quality content. I also want to continue adding structure that helps me assess and improve my reading life. Top of mind for me are three things in those assessment and quality goals:

  1. Developing a content rating system/framework that accounts for the wide array of content I consume
  2. Developing (and using) a set of core content — things that constantly bring me joy and help me embrace growth and healing
  3. Using a digital reading journal/notebook

In this article, I want to focus on that first item — building a content rating system or framework for the wide array of content I consume. I plan to discuss the others in future articles.

Why a rating system or framework?

I consume a LOT of content — from blog posts to physical books to book chapters to web content to podcasts to audio books to documentaries to online courses. Learning is a hallmark of who I am and how I interact with the world. And I love to share things that make me think of the people in my life with them. I find it particularly endearing when they share back that a recommendation was valuable to them and when they share recommendations with me.

When I partake of content people recommend to me, I want to share my thoughts about that content with them.

What I’ve found over time is that I struggle to recall salient points and details of content after I’ve consumed it. Digital note taking in tools like Obsidian…



Kara Monroe

I am a world traveler, part-time road warrior, and home body all wrapped up in one gadget-loving package. Writer, photographer, chef, and aspiring artist.