Trading stocks since 1996. Started "experimenting" with in-the-money calls 3-4 months out on "news dumpers" and accidentally making money. What I have been witnessing the past year seems to be the most confusing display of randomness I have ever seen. Want to learn more before I get my ass handed to me. I have about 25 questions right now. Need a "starter book" to tell me what the hell Is going on. I'm not looking for complex strategies right now [unless that is what I have been seeing ], just some answers to basic questions regarding volume & open interest, stock movement to option movement, how far out to buy, etc. Would like to start with one or two books but, between Elite's book section and Amazon, I'll be dropping about a grand. If you could pick your top two books, what would they be? Thanks for the input.