In English

I’m a Bachelor of Culture and Arts. Also an Occupational Therapist. A Writer, too. A girl with many talents. Trying to learn to live a bit slower.

Here I’ll try to give you an overview of me and my blog.

About blog and books

Through literature I can reach countless worlds, in my blog you’ll see these worlds through my eyes. You can find an english summary after each post.

Pauline von Dahl is an alias, and it’s a combination of my own name with a hint of literature. I’ve always loved books and writing, so it was a natural way to combine these into a blog. Writing a book blog really has brought a new life to my reading hobby, too. I started my blog, named Pauline von Dahl, in October 2014 inspired by Helsinki Book Fair and been writing ever since, currently updating on a weekly basis (usually on Sundays). See my first ever post here!

The books in this blog are rated by using the following scale:

– couldn’t finish
* mediocre    * * decent   * * * promising   * * * * entertaining  * * * * * unique

Book reviews in this blog are subjective and reviewed books are mainly my own, library loans or occasionally review copies from a publisher (in which case it is clearly mentioned in the post). Book reviews can naturally be found under category Review. In addition sometimes I write shorter Introductions, and also some summaries of interviews or other book related events, mainly located in Helsinki, Finland.

Regarding to books, I warmly welcome all kind of genres. However, quite often the best books in my opinion are classic (gothic / victorian) horror stories, supernatural fiction, unique fantasy tales or ancient / celtic / scandinavian mythologies. Lately I’ve started also to find the greatness of modern horror. Mainly I read in Finnish, but you can find an english summary / translation usually in the end of the blog post.

My all time favourite books include e.g. Elisabeth Kostova, The Historian; Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray; Joe Hill, Heart-Shaped Box; Margaret Weiss, The Death Gate Cycle; Susan Fletcher, Corrag; Anthony Kiedis, Scar Tissue; Nikki Sixx, Heroin Diaries; Marquis de Sade, Justine; Patrick Süskind, Perfume; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, just to name some of them. Also in my mini-bookchallenge I listed three books which impressed me.

The best way to find out what I’m currently reading (and have read) is to follow my Goodreads account, feel free to add me as friend!

Visual Image (Movies and TV)

Books are usually my favourite media, it leaves all to my imagination, but I also love see the stories come alive in a visual form. I adore classic horror and supernatural in all its forms. When it comes to movies and TV it doesn’t matter to me if it’s new or old, it’s all about the story and visuality combined. Some of my current favourite TV series are perfect examples how the duality is perfectly balanced, e.g. incredible Penny Dreadful, breathtaking Outlander, intense The Walking Dead and Black Sails

As it is with books, there’s so many amazing and intriguing movies in the world! Edward the Scissorhands (1990)Sleepy Hollow (1999)Corpse Bride (2005), Dark Shadows (2012), have been on my favourite movies list for long, well, Tim Burton’s dark movies in general. Labyrinth (1986)The Addams Family (1991), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Interview With the Vampire (1994) and The Crow (1994) are the ultimate classics for a goth (spirit) like me. As I wrote earlier in my blog, I fell in love with Crimson Peak’s (2015) visuality. Also adventure movies like Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010) fascinate me, or magical romance like in Midnight in Paris (2011) intrigues. I was captured by the intensity of Girl, Interrupted (1999), hilarious horror of Army of Darkness (1992) and by the sweetness and peculiarity of Amélie (2001). Also fantastic adventure and power of children’s imagination  amazed me in magical Bridge to Terabithia (2007) and in stunning Maleficent (2014).

Naturally I’m interested in all vampire related, and my absolute two favourite vampire movies are Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) and The Lost Boys (1987). I’m a big fan of magical movies like Hugo (2011) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), beautiful Life of Pi (2012). Regarding animated movies, Lilo & Stitch (2002) is still the number one, and Studio Ghibli’s enchanting animations like The Cat Returns (2002), Ponyo (2008), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), Spirited Away (2001) are like dreams. Some other animated favourites of mine are Coraline (2009), Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), How to Train your Dragon (2010), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Inside Out (2015). A Monster Calls (2016) was a beautiful combination of animated picture and movie. I like also heartwarming stories like Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014). Of course, I like some of the blockbusters, too, for example Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) is awesome, I liked the first Marvel movies and some Pirates of the Caribbean, old Indiana Jones films and Star Wars. However, nowadays there’s this problem they over-use the themes (and actors like Johnny Depp!), make sequel after sequel and that’s when I get bored. Movies and TV series are best when they’re unique. Favourite actresses at the moment Mia Wasikowska, Winona Ryder, and Eva Green.

As you can see, I could go on forever, but I think you’ll get the idea.

About Writing (and other hobbies of mine)

As I’ve told before, writing is also one essential thing for me. I love to write not only my blog, but also little stories from my imagination on my free time. I write my daily journal by hand, which helps me to clarify my thoughts, but I also dream of publishing my imaginative stories some day. Mainly the themes around science fiction, magical realism to fantasy. This autumn (2016) I also had courage for the first time ever to participate to a novel competition! It’s a bit scary, I have to admit, like I’m revealing my inner self to someone.

I draw, would love to illustrate my novel someday!

When it comes to exercising, I tend to go with the flow and try different kind of hobbies out of curiosity. But yoga and its different forms (hatha, yin, astanga, hot, aerial… I’d love to try SUP-yoga!) have been my passion for years now.