Journeyed there and back again
Interesting list - and I overlap quite heavily with yor choices, that I feel I ought to comment:-
I disagree with you on this one - I rather liked the first book, but I haven't yet reached the second.
The main item where I disagree with you. I really liked this - though I haven't yet seen the TV adaptation, and probably won't - it would spoil the book for me!
I haven't even tried - and haven't seen the TV series either. I read something by GRRM many years ago (and would have to find a complete bibliography and strike lucky to even remember what it was) and decide to ignore him in future.