i have switched from opera internet browser, and they have a “speed dial” for bookmarks which is an optional start page. If you could do something like that it would be awesome. they do also have the option to choose the photo that is displayed in place of the colored boxes, which you can choose from the particular web site. (not as important). the blacked out lines below the colored boxes has the web site (ex. www.brave.com).
New Brave update is coming and there you will be able to set favorite sites on new tab page.