So I've been using Laravel since version 3 when I discovered it on Nettuts, but I finally decided to use it on a live project. I'm very impressed so far with how easy it is to use for an MVC beginner like myself. For anyone new to the framework, I have to suggest reading Code Bright by Dayle Rees. It's by far one of the best investments you can make in to your future with Laravel. Also, the template is Metronic from Theme Forest if anyone was wondering.
As a matter of record keeping, here is my Laravel reading list.