I wasn't sure if I should post this in general discussion or in solid state section, but am I the only one who finds the Kittel textbook horrible? It seems full of semi-empirical, basic math, and boring, surface level observations written as dryly as possible. I really like solid state physics and think the math can be beautiful and the theories and complexity interesting, but for me at least, my intro to solid state during my bachelors used this book and it basically turned me off of the subject until I re-engaged during my master. All my colleagues seem to swear by it but I would rather sit on nails than read more than a page. Is there some alternative book that can be used to teach undergrads? Or am I alone in hating this book?