It feels really good to read about the characters in Dance with Dragons. Even though I'm reading all these books back to back, the fact that I haven't read about Daenyres since the end of Storm of Swords meant that it felt like I'd been away for a long time. Same with Tyrion, and Jon, and most especially Bran, who I last saw on the South side of the wall. When his first chapter came along, it felt really exciting. I'd been away from his story the longest, it feels like. It's interesting also that Jon's story continues almost directly after Storm of Swords, NOT from the point where Sam's story started in Feast of Crows. GRRM makes that clear when Jon passes by Sam during his daily routine. So he hasn't sent Sam away from the Wall yet. And it's interesting that Tyrion ended up with the same character we saw near the beginning of Game of Thrones, who I thought was a throwaway character we'd never see again.
I hope I don't finish this book too soon compared to when the next book comes out. Surely he's got to be almost done with Winds of Winter by now.