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The Sunday List of Dreams

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,243 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Connie Nixon is no stranger to making lists. In fact, she has rewritten the list of her deepest desires no fewer than forty-eight times. And each Sunday, for as long as she can remember, she’s tinkered with it. But actually doing something about her desires is a different story—until the night she comes across a box belonging to her estranged daughter…and makes a stunning ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Connie Nixon has reached retirement after a long and productive nursing career. She has a list of dreams that she has created and edited every Sunday evening for as long as she can remember. After the requisite retirement party she finds herself rambling about her house, finally tackling the dreaded cleaning out of the garage. It is there she is hit with, if not now..when?
And so begins her grand retirement adventure. It is by turns emotional,ridiculously funny, frustrating, eye-opening. I had
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
I thought the concept was great--a woman who has denied her dreams and desires her whole life and finally going after them, reconnecting with her estanged daughter, and finding herself. But somewhere along the way I stopped enjoying this book. I don't know if it was because the book just went on and on about sex toys or all of the crying for joy. Every single paragraph was just overflowing with too much flowerly language for my taste. Example:

"In the back of her mind, in a place that never real
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I am still kind of shaking my head about this one, and wondering if I have just become the world's most critical and nitpicky reader.

How a book in which a middle aged woman, retiring from her very important and forever job as a nurse, discovers her estranged daughter (one of three) is a CEO of a sex toy company (something that never, apparently, got to her before in the wilds of the MidWest where no one sees the news from New York), reunites with her, and becomes a crackerjack salesperson of the
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
An OK book, but too repetitive. Yes, Nurse Nixon is wild and empowered, but she takes too long to realize it and embrace it. Maybe that was the point: It took all that meandering prose for HER to realize it, but when the reader knows it, what's the point after that? When YOU know where the plot's going before it gets there, what's the incentive for reading more? It has to be good writing, and this was too overwrought and wordy to be that.

The second of two books about lists that I've read lately
Jan 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is the first I have read by this author. I liked it. It was inspriational for where I am in my life right now. It made me think about my own list of dreams, saying yes, not being afraid and doing what I wanted to do. It also made me think about older women, age, and my relationship with my mother. The ending could have been stronger.

Will definitely make for interesting book club discussion!
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
I can't say this is the worst thing ever written, as I haven't read everything. It's by far the worst thing I've ever read. Poorly written, even more poorly edited. " Wondering if you stay alone and when you turn 45 who will help you with your canes...". Wait, WHAT? At least one of this woman's daughter's is over 30, she's already stated she's 58. And a male character was introduced by using the word "studly". Oh my. I've read other things by Kris Radish, and really enjoyed them. IMHO, this one ...more
Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I basically skimmed through the end of it. I was going to rate it "didn't like" but I liked the IDEA of the story - just not how it was written. Connie is a newly retired nurse, who was also a single mom to three daughters. Apparently she lived her whole life making a "list of dreams" she hoped to start following now that she has more free time on her hands. Upon cleaning out her garage, she discovers that her oldest daughter is successfully running a sex-toy business! She immediately (and impul ...more
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
This is chick-lit for the middle-aged woman (mostly). The author has a clear agenda... to encourage woman to own their own lives and live out their dreams. That is great. The story rambles, however, and keeps emphasizing certain points. Whenever a character's relationship even starts to get warm and fuzzy, Radish backs off leaving you a bit disappointed. It has a feminist tone rather interestingly mixed with Midwestern values. In general, a light and good read. Rural Indiana meets New York City!
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fiftyish Females
When I finished this book I felt entertained and satisfied. The characters were very similar to Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral and the outcome was predictable, but the story and the way it was told made the journey of discovery fun.

I wonder how many women keep a secret list of dreams? Or, as it's sometimes called, a "bucket list?" What are the things they long for at various times in their lives? How do their longings change as they age or as circumstances change?
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009
This book made me cry. A lot. A whole fucking lot.

There's something about the idea of waiting to live, waiting for other people to be done or ready so that you can live your life, that really hit home for me. I love the sexual revolution parts, the parts about finding yourself. It makes me want to buy this for my mother and a hell of a lot of other women.
Ellie Revert
May 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
The basic idea was good, but the author kept going over and over and over the same things--maybe better editing would have helped. I'm 67, so the age group is right for me to connect---but my life is so fulfilling that it's hard to imagine the depth of Connie's many wasted years before finding some freedom. (not sure I needed to know so much about sextoys, though)
Cindee Bowen
Feb 27, 2007 rated it liked it
As I began reading this book, I really loved the story and the message behind it. By the second half of the book, I felt like the author was hitting me over the head with a cliche. What started out so well, ended on a disappointing note.
Kathy Bringardner
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
I think I'm finished reading the books by this author. I absolutely loved Annie Freeman's Fabulous Travelling Funeral and have been disappointed in the rest of her books. This one was a bit ridiculous and mildly entertaining.
Maria Ferreira-straight
A quick read. Good story about relationships between mothers and daughters.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book did not pull me through it with a driving story line; while the characters have adventures, it's more a story about finding and accepting yourself and being willing to dream and hope. I found myself meandering through it and smiling a lot; reading it felt a little like a relaxed day laying around in a hammock, fun, no sense of urgency, poetic, and worthwhile without really going anywhere. It's really just a crazy celebration of womanhood and the beauty of women of all types, their rela ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
This tries to be a women anthem but is just a little annoying. Run-on sentence after run-on sentence gets in the way of the sex toy action.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book, I was having a hard time getting into it. But once I did, I loved it! Definitely a great book for all women to read, but geared towards middle aged women. This book was liberating, enlightening and one that makes you feel better about getting older.
Kim Holmquist
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is only the second time ever that I couldn't finish a book. Conceptually this story could have been great but about half way through the story just became mundane. I do not like to stop books in the middle but I was starting to feel like a student that was being forced to read this book as an assignment. The one good thing I can say is I did appreciate the strong women characters. That is probably the only reason I continued to read as long as I did. I really wanted to like this book.....
Kristal Cooper
Question #1: Why did she put the list at the end of the book? It would have saved me a lot of confusion in the first few chapters if I knew what was going on with the list.

Question #2: Why are there three women in hospital gowns on the front cover, none of which resemble characters in the book? I was more than a bit thrown off by that too.

I had a hard time getting into this one. Kris Radish has a tendency toward free-flowing writing that often results in sentences that are 8 lines long. Having a
Jun 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
I had read "Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral" also by Radish a while back, so I knew this was going to be a celebration of women, feminism to the highest p0wer (excuse the pun!) and a great read. I was not at all disappointed. An obsessive list-maker myself, I also desired to read this book when I read that the female protagonist, Connie Franklin Nixon, also spent a lot of time (30+ years!) making lists. What she discovered, which made sense to me, is that it is fine to make a list and ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Her three decade old career as a nurse is counting down to the final days leaving fifty-eight years old Connie Nixon frightened about the future as she is also selling her home in Indiana. Over the past thirty years, Connie has been compiling a SUNDAY LIST OF DREAMS to include thirty-seven places she wants to visit and people she wants to see. Now with the clock ticking down, she makes last second revisions to add changes she feels she must make starting with don¿t be afraid and toss out the ala ...more
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
For the most part, I liked the story. I felt it contained an important message about how precious life is and how one should enjoy life's many blessings. It also emphasized the importance of mending relationships, in this case a mother and daughter. I especially loved how some parts of the story made me laugh out loud. What I wasn't a big fan of, however, was the repetitiveness of some parts of the story and the many different names referenced for each character. It sometimes got confusing and e ...more
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. I loved an Elgant Gathering of White Snow by this author, and was prepaed for the "woman power" vibe, but my god, the ADJECTIVES! I wanted to delete about half the descriptions about crazy sexy in charge nurse Coonie Franklin Nixon's new empowered sexy crazy take charge life. Get the picture? This book needed some serious editing. I am not usually one to bash someone's personal style of writing, but this drove me CRAZY. The story was great, there were some awes ...more
Jill Furedy
Feb 25, 2011 rated it liked it
We'd gotten in a promotional copy of this book at work, so I picked it up to try. However I think I'm the wrong demographic: this is geared towards my mother's age group, though I suppose you could say it's learning about the struggles of previous generations (I use struggles loosely here, yes there are issues but not the earthshattering variety). I also didn't read the back enough to realize it would be so focused on empowering women's sexuality. It's a little awkward and uncomfortable to read ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-challenge
I was really excited to read this book (I, too, make lists obsessively!) but I found myself really struggling to get through it. There were great, captivating passages, and then the author would get bogged down in a schlocky mire of describing (AGAIN) how women were part of a cosmic universe, or something.
I found the characters likeable, but their motivations and actions at times far-fetched. Did it really take our protagonist the majority of the novel to figure out what living her list really
Susan Ferguson
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2016
The story was okay. A mom was cleaning out her garage after retirement and found some papers in a box of her estranged eldest daughter that shows she owns a sex toy shop. She wonders how she could have so lost touch that she has no idea what her daughter was doing. She sets out to get back in touch with that daughter and try to understand.
There was far too much introspection and soul-searching for me. Also, there was an obsession with women who were sexually unfulfilled and the right of every w
Shonna Froebel
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book and very positive and uplifting.
Connie Franklin Nixon, divorced mother of 3 grown daughters is just about to retire from her career as a nurse. Before starting as a medical consultant, she has three months in which to fulfill some of the dreams she has been adding to her list since she was pregnant with her first daughter. As she goes through her household, getting rid of things, she discovers that her oldest daughter has a business making and selling sex toys. This launche
Mar 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
The story in this book really could have potential. if another writer such as Jennifer Weiner were to tackle it, they would probably produce a fairly quality story. Kris Radish's writing, however, is pretty abominable, in my opinion. It's incredibly flowery, overly descriptive, and overall pretty corny. I think the book could have been half its size if she had just cut out some of her unnecessary descriptions about deep-down feelings and longings of the hearts. I only finished this book because ...more
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this paperback. I read it over the summer and am finally updating this list...thank goodness for saved passwords! The main character is a list-maker (like me). She writes and re-writes things she hopes to do, and over time makes progress toward accomplishing those goals. It actually inspired a friend of mine and me to begin goal journals this summer! The story shows how a rather conservative middle-aged woman makes some discoveries about herself and her grown daughter that lead ...more
Jun 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Women over 50
At the suggestion of my stepmother I have read most of this author's books. She writes for older women about female bonding and the beauty of aging. I enjoyed all her books including this one.

Her characters, however, are not fully developed and I was often confused about or lacked empathy for the myriad of women who became a part of the storyline. Also in this book and the others I have read the main conflict is strong but the plot points and climax seem weak so there is a sense of plodding.

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Kris started writing the moment she could hold a pencil. She grew up in Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a journalism degree and hit the ground running. Her father called her "the tornado". She worked as a newspaper reporter, bureau chief, nationally syndicated columnist, magazine writer, university lecturer, bartender, waitress, worm harvester, window name a ...more
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“Not going back is fine.
Not going back but occasionally visiting might be best.
Not going back but remembering so you don’t see the same view twice.
Not going back so you can turn a new page, write a new chapter, develop an entire new list.
Not going back so you can stretch and grow and see yourself in a light that you never knew existed.
Not going back so that you can fly. Fly. ”
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