The LitBlog Co-op announced the pick for ‘ReadThis!’ yesterday. It was a book I raved about when I read it, Case Histories by Kate Atkinson. Some people are claiming that since Atkinson won a Whitbread several years ago and has a larger audience in the UK, we haven’t fulfilled our mission. This controversy even made it into today’s Publisher’s Lunch. I did not vote in this selection, but I still stand behind what I percieve the purpose of the LitBlog Co-op to be, mainly to draw more attention to books. A healthy discussion on books is great, but I do bristle at the mention of being a sell-out. I loved Case Histories. That I know. Should another book have been our first selection? We’ll never know. We’re an evolving group with many voices. Each voice gets heard, there too. So expect to read about the other nominees and those that dissent with our pick. We invite everyone’s opinion of course. After all, you don’t like the book, you don’t have to read it. This was still a democracy last time I checked. Just quit with the sell-out crap.