Now, I like novels, or literature, or genre fiction (science fiction in my case) well enough, but novels / literature are only a small portion of my reading. I'm mostly a reader, and collector, of non-fiction, mainly reference books or books relating to current interests (solar energy, sociolinguistics, evolutionary psychology, constructed languages, cosmology, etc.).
Over years of haunting library sales and used book shops, I've built up a collection of foreign language dictionaries, for instance. It started out as the idea that if I was ever in the situation of needing to communicate with someone who didn't speak english, I could find the right foreign dictionary and we could start to understand each other. I suppose the fact that this has never happened suggests that my thinking then was quaint, perhaps, or eccentric. Nevertheless, it has become a bit of a hobby, and without ever spending very much, I now have dictionaries for well over 100 languages. In some ways, I seem to myself to be exquisitely prepared for a world where the internet was never invented.
What if we had known each other as children? Would we have liked each other? In our old age, don't we return to the attitudes and patterns established when we were very young?
On a more positive note, I am a very wealthy man, when measured in scrabble tiles.