Marcus Aurelius's Meditations serves as both a compact treatise on living a happier, more virtuous life and an excellent introduction to Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius (121—180 C.E.) The philosophy of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius can be found in a collection of personal writings known as the Meditations. These reflect the influence of Stoicism and, in particular, the philosophy of Epictetus, the Stoic. It's one of the best books I have ever read. Meditations might make a point in say book 1 or 2 and then follow up on it in book 6 or whatever. Overall don't worry about how fast you read it and yes it is tough to read I have times where I can read a chapter a day but may not read again for a week or so.