I definently agree that the books are better. At first I didn't like the show because I kept comparing it to the books! But then I really got into the different storyline than in the book.. so now I love it!
Oh man, I did the exact same thing! I'm still getting used to it. But the show feels so local to me, because they film it a few hours away from where I live, and I noticed in one of the episodes that I even have the same cell phone as Amy. So it's cool how the show is so distinctly Albertan.