So, to properly derail the conversation, my iPod is dead. I can't turn it on at all and I can't even reset it. I can't power it up and when connected to my computer, the computer says it's malfunctioning.
The story behind The Wall doesn't really start going until A Storm of Swords.
I haven't had the desire to finish that book since events were spoiled for me, intentionally.
I glossed over Wikipedia and now know a bit of what is to come, although I knew that already because other people revealed some spoilers.
Anywho, The Wall appeals to me because it's not as bogged down by drama. It's harsh, there's uncertainty what lies beyond, and the men there are outcasts who find honor in doing the dirty work that keeps the Kingdoms safe. The Northern Kingdom is just cool in general. That isn't to say the other plots aren't cool though in their own right, though.