Book Review: The ADHD Effect on Marriage


One of the last books I read in 2018 was The ADHD Effect on Marriage by Melissa Orlov. I picked this one up on a wander through the non-fiction section at my library, and I chose it because I had recently learned that my husband has ADHD.

That’s a bit of a surprise, huh? We’ve been married 3+ years and, voila, major diagnosis! In the weeks following that discovery, we relied a lot on Internet resources about ADHD*, but I’m a reader, so I will always come back to book-learning about things.

[*Sidebar on the Internet conversation re: ADHD: I found How to ADHD super helpful, as well as Erynn Brook’s threads about ADHD.]

About the Book

Melissa is writing from personal experience–her husband has ADHD, and their marriage very nearly fell apart. That personal touch is invaluable for this topic, I think. There can be hard feelings Continue reading

What To Do About Failure?


Failure is a loaded topic. /my understatement of this year/ But I’m not scared of loaded topics (are you scared of loaded topics?), so let’s tackle it!

I see two common discussion points on failure: shame and reclaiming. Continue reading

Why I Read Romance (+book rec!)


babyI re-read Nobody’s Baby But Mine again last night. I’m not sure how many times that makes, but probably more than 3, at least.

I’m reluctant to re-read romances. I often feel like reading romance is a gross binge that I don’t want to look at too closely on the other side, like the cheap chocolate I might gorge in a funk, only to realize that it’s objectively disgusting when I’m not a complete mess. Continue reading

Lyse Links: Secrets, Sharapova, and Slam Poetry


How’s your weekend going? Maybe it will be better with the perfect mix of funny, informative, and intriguing long reads. Here’s the best of what I’ve read recently.

The Age of Attention-Deficits — This is a great look at how technology is designed to create addictions. Mixing humor and science, the author lays out the distracted patterns of our tech obsession. Follow up with her article about living better and actually TRY some her recommendations. It’s surprisingly difficult to moderate or break a notification addiction.

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Book Review: Committed


Committed_Book_CoverTitle: Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Page Count: 279
Genre: Memoir/Non-Fiction

I’ve been on a bit of an Elizabeth Gilbert kick since reading Eat, Pray, Love (see here and here), so my next two reviews are also Gilbert books. It is too simple to say that I’m reading more of her work because I like her. She has an interesting voice. I’m fascinated with the leap she made as an author and with the spiritual peace she has found. She puzzles me more than I like her. And she is a good writer — her stories are compelling and her prose is thoughtful and precise.

So, Committed. It’s basically a follow-up to EPL, Continue reading