Some books are not meant to be read in one go, gulping them down like you might a jug of water. Instead, some books need the reader to stop after every few sentences and reflect on what they read in the context of their own lives. Those books that deserve to be digested slowly over a prolonged time, provide something to the reader that great literature has at its aim always: inner wisdom.
Aurelius was one of The Five Good Emperors of Rome who spent most of his life at war in some form or another. It is strange then, that he should write this book (originally written in Greek, admirably translated in this version) of Stoic philosophy, that seems to support a position of peace, a study of the 'liberal arts' and to advocate a life of inner discovery. His arrogance - hey, he was Emperor, not a Saint - sometimes shows through, but is strangely tempered by a humility that is disarming at first. For example, this version of his work has emblazoned upon its cover one of his more memorable quotes: "A little flesh, a little breath, and a reason to rule all - that is myself".
At first some of his thoughts can seem 'obvious' or 'glib', but that misses the point. It is the sum of the work that is greater than the parts.
If you rush this work, it will feel as shallow as any modern self-help book. Give it respect, understanding and most importantly the time it needs, and you can discover that something beautiful is hidden in his thinking.