I've been requesting manuscripts and reading like crazy this year. I just added 2017-90 (my 90th requested full) to the data base on Friday.
I am bound and determined to get answers to as many of these authors as I can by the end of the year.
(I only have 43 unread adult and 14 juvenile ms unread, not all 90!)
Yea, I know, I need my head examined.
What that means for you: this is not a good time to query. I'm not closed to queries, I've always got an eye out, particularly for non-fiction, but I'm hoping to slow the incoming tide for a couple weeks so I can get caught up.
If I read a good query and want to request the full or proposal, I'll most likely email and tell you I'm going to request in the new year. If you get an offer before then, my loss, and I'll kick myself of course.
But at some point, I want to feel like I'm not stranded on dry land (see, OTHER agents say 'under water' but since I am a shark...) as we close out the year.