Not really, I used to want to be a paleontologist when i was little (you know, travelling the globe collecting fossils). but the way the government is set up, there are so few jobs out there and if i did land one, i'd probably be put on an oil refinery and told to locate oil for the rest of my life. So i'm going for general biology, anything that has to do with animals i'd gladly do.
And yeah, that really was my main concern was not enjoying the show as much if I read ahead, but like you I also have a friend who read the books and still likes the show so maybe I really will be fine. It's a similar situation to The Walking Dead, I was so scared to read the comics and ruin the show. In their case though, they can be so different sometimes that it didn't even matter
I know! I've watched the trailers so many times it isn't funny. It was my Birthday recently, and my Mom got me all 5 books as a gift. I was so excited at first, but now I am torn on whether or not I should read them, for fear of spoiling the show :/