This is a perfect combo of my two favorite ideas for that space under the stairs leading to the basement. A reading nook AND book storage and shelves . assuming that there is enough space for this there.
I will junk punch him right up in his man business. And when he asks, "Why?", I'll say, "You know why! My friend Kathy sent me this because I've been known to yell at her ex's. Hey--what are friends for?