Hello everyone, I am an undergraduate student and this year I am going to study Introductory Solid State Physics. My instructor has assigned us book of Charles Kittel. But the book has got terrible reviews on amazon. So I fear purchasing it. However there is an another book by Ashcroft that has got pretty good reviews. My question is: 1. Are these two books similar that is do they cover same material. 2. As I am totally novice in solid state physics, are these books especially Ashcroft's book, suitable for me. (I have sufficient background). Thank you.