Yes, the show is awesome, but the books are even better.
Game of Thrones is the first in the series, and I’m not even a huge fantasy fan, but this some of the best fiction I’ve read. Martin truly is a master.
The plots are intricate, but not confusing; the character development is some of the best I’ve ever seen; the suspense never lets up (you never know who’s going to die next); and Martin’s writing style has that effortless eloquence that can only come with decades of practice.
Put Game of Thrones on your reading list, and see if the Seven Kingdoms is a place for you.