About Me


Hi! I'm Laura Ashlee. I'm 27 years old, and I’m from a very small town in Alabama. I graduated with my MLIS recently, and I’m currently working as a media specialist at an amazing high school. I think my job is the best job in the world. I get to talk about books a lot. I get to assist other teachers in learning new technology that will help them with instruction. Sometimes, I get to play on social media (for work, I promise!). I also have the coolest kids ever as library aides. Best. Job. Ever.

About This Blog

This blog has been a lot of different things to me over the years. It started out as an outlet for my endless opinions on the books I was reading. My friends and family grew tired of my gushing or simply weren’t interested in the same books. I stumbled upon another book blog and decided I could do the same thing. It soon became a way to connect with other book bloggers and book addicts through memes, blog events, and social media extensions of the blog. In that way, it became a community area for me, where others understand and appreciate my book obsession.

The blog is currently in the midst of some change. I recently changed the url and blog title (for the second time). My hopes are that this can become a place where I reflect on my work in the high school library. I haven’t been there long, but I already love my job. I know there will be awesome things going on that I want to share. I also have a passion for web tools that might be used in classroom instruction. I like playing around with these tools and learning their capabilities. Sometimes I get really excited about web tools, and I think this will be an excellent place to share them.

There will still be book reviews and posts about my personal reading. There just also may be some edtech reviews and comparisons, as well as the occasional reflection on some things I'm doing at work.

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Recent Reviews

Audio Review: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

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Review Gabi is just a normal teen girl, dealing with normal teen issues: her best friend is pregnant, her other best friend just came out to his parent, her mother doesn’t want her to move away for college, her dad can’t shake his addiction, and she’s suddenly getting a lot of attention from some really cute boys. She deals with it all by writing about it, whether it’s in her journal or in her poetry class. Gabi was possibly the best book I read (well, listened to) last year. It had ALL THE THINGS. It checked off all my boxes for an authentic diverse character. Even though Gabi is Mexican American, the book isn’t really about being Mexican American. It’s […]

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Audio Review: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Review Jude and her twin brother, Noah, have always been close. At thirteen, their mother encourages them to apply to an art school and her favoritism toward Noah’s creative style begins a fight for attention between the them. Both Jude and Noah do things that leave them riddled with guilt for the next three years. To remake their dreary world, they must find their way back to each other and mend their damaged relationship. I adored this book. I adored its quirkiness.  I adored its beautiful, crazy writing. I adored the characters. There are one or two minor issues I have with it, but I can now honestly say that Jandy Nelson is one of my favorite authors. I loved The […]

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Audio Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Review Celaena Sardothien is a captured assassin imprisoned in the salt mines of Endovier, where she is to serve her sentence for the rest of her life. That is until the Crown Prince asks her to be his champion in a competition to find the new royal assassin. Though serving the family who have stolen so much from her fills her with bitterness, this may be her only chance to gain freedom. Why, oh why, did I not get to this book before now? I saw all the rave reviews when it first came out. I put it on my TBR list immediately. It’s been in the back of my mind so many times when I’ve been trying to decide what […]

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