Good idea on watching the movies first. The books always seem better to me, and once I've read the movie is not an option. Sometimes I like seeing the movie first because I can get a picture of some of the characters in my head and it makes the book seem more real.
I'm sure you will love the Pendergast books. Those two authors come up with some really wild stuff. There was only one book I wasn't too keen on, but I don't want to tell you which one and influence you in any way.
Isn't Game of Thrones a series? One of my co-workers is reading it (I think). Something about thrones. She tried to get it at the library and the waiting list was too long (26 people!) so she bought it for her kindle.