I'm not a newb to stocks or the market in general, just a 100% newb to options. So let's say i think i'm pretty savvy and with 10k i want to take advantage of short term trends with options. The strategy calls for catching up or down trends that can range from 1-3 months. For example, i'll pretend i had a crystal ball and predicted the sharp decline of Google around $660 or so in January and my target for this down move was to last at least 1.5-2 months and move at least to $600. With my limited education of options i am asking what would be the most appropriate expiration and strike price to consider when trying to undertake a 1-3 month swing strategy with options. (How far out of the money vs in the money...etc) Please note i am beginning my option education and any books that come recommended are appreciated.