The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Quotes from the book so far:
"Silence is not a natural environment for stories ... they need words. Without them they grow pale, sicken and die. And then they haunt you."
"The hours between eight in the evening and one or two in the morning have always been my magic hours. Against the blue candle-wick bedspread the white pages of my book open, illuminated by a circle of lamplight, were the gateway to another world."... and I'm only on page 33.
"Reading had never let me down before. It had always been the one sure thing."