The two books occur during the same time frame, but in different locations. My first read-through was in rough chronological order according to boiledleather.com.

I am planning to reread the series in anticipation for "The Winds of Winter", and was wondering if anyone read the books in a different order that they particularly enjoyed? I've considered reading all of the chapters for each character in chronological order, has anyone tried that? Or possibly have a better suggestion?

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    My suggestion is to simply read them in the order of release, as the author intended.
    – Omegacron
    Jul 29, 2015 at 19:48
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    Well, grrm first wrote these two books as a single volume. It got too large, and he was forced to split them.
    – Dan Burden
    Jul 29, 2015 at 20:07
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    Agreed, but he still decided the order and split it up in a way that made the most sense to him.
    – Omegacron
    Jul 29, 2015 at 20:08
  • True, but it still wasn't his first choice. If he had his druthers, it would all be a single volume, right?
    – Dan Burden
    Jul 29, 2015 at 20:13
  • @DanBurden Perhaps not. He was the one who made the story so large; it [the story] grew in the telling was his own doing. He couldn't possibly have expected people to read such a large book with ease; hence the split.
    – Möoz
    Jul 29, 2015 at 22:44

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Here is a a combined chapter order.

This is a roughly chronological order of the chapters that I used in my re-read (technically a re-listen) of the two books. It makes for a much smoother reread, and even makes sense given that the two were originally going to be one book.

  • Thank you for your answer - I did the exact list in my first read-through (see original post).
    – Dan Burden
    Jul 29, 2015 at 20:24

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