Book lover: Oscar Kightley

Actor Oscar Kightley. Photo / Supplied
Actor Oscar Kightley. Photo / Supplied

The book I love most is ... any that takes me some place else and gets me thinking about stuff.

The book I'm reading right now is ... The Other Brain by R. Douglas Fields. It's about what science is discovering about the function and role of all the mushy stuff in our brains. Everyone thinks brains are all about neurons, but they make up only 15 per cent of it. I'm trying to understand how my brain works.

The book I'd like to read next is ... The Hemlock Cup by Bettany Hughes. It's a biography of Socrates. The back of the book said that we think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did. I want to learn more about this remarkable human.

My favourite bookshop is ... Dear Reader on Richmond Rd in West Lynn, Auckland. I can't walk in there without leaving with a book I like, so I can never go in there when I'm broke.

The book that changed me is ... The first one I borrowed at Matipo Primary School library in Te Atatu North way back in the day.

It featured folk stories and myths from different cultures around the world. It put me on the path of enjoying reading and the power of stories.

The book I wish I'd never read is ... I never finish a book if it feels like I won't get anything from it. Life's too short to spend some of it reading stink books.

* Actor and writer Oscar Kightley stars in Sione's 2: Unfinished Business.

- Herald on Sunday

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